S3 Continental that took rockstar to Marrakech topples estimate.
A Bentley S3 Continental once belonging to the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has sold for £763,100.
The Continental crossed the auction block at Bonhams Goodwood Revival at more than a third of its projected price, in a sale that achieved £12.7million, with more than 350 lots of cars, aeroplanes and automobilia sold.
Richards’ Bentley was the car famous for taking the rockstar and model Anita Pallenberg on a drug-fuelled trip to Marrakech, and was recently referred to as ‘a car meant to be driven fast at night’, in Richards’ 2010 autobiography, Life.
Elsewhere in the sale, America’s first fully-fledged Formula One car sold well, with the 1960 Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1/Intercontinental Formula Racing Single-Seater fetching £673,500. The car was originally named after the Egyptian ‘good luck’ beetle, and it certainly received good fortune at auction as it too surpassed its estimate.
A pair of Aston Martins also lit up the auction in West Sussex, with a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible selling for £1,087,900, and a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4-seater Tourer going for £740,700.
However it was a poor event for TV and Radio star Chris Evans, as he managed to sell only half of his 12 car consignment offered at auction. Evans failed to sell the two most expensive cars of the consignment, a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C and 1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona Spider, with estimates of £2,600,000-2,900,000 and £2,300,000-2,600,000 going unthreatened.
Following the event, James Knight, Bonhams International Group Motoring Director, said: ‘We had a great sale, achieving £12.7 million, and look forward to the remaining sales in this year’s motoring calendar.
‘We always enjoy coming to the Goodwood Revival, it’s an event with great atmosphere, great energy, and we’re very proud to continue our long-term partnership with the world’s greatest historic race meeting.’