Jimmy Savile sale raises £320,000
Published 30/07/2012 | 13:52
A marathon auction of Sir Jimmy Savile's huge collection of mementos and personal belongings has raised around £320,000 for his charities.
Three auctioneers worked in relays during the non-stop, almost 13-hour sale which saw the broadcasting legend's Rolls-Royce go for £130,000, his original, red Jim'll Fix It chair reach £8,500 and hundreds of smaller items go for hundreds of pounds each.
Even as the hall emptied towards the end of the sale, a simple Jim'll Fix It badge sold for £2,000 to an internet bidder.
Earlier, hundreds of people packed Savile Hall, in Leeds, for the start of the auction. Many at the sale were fans determined to pick up smaller items including lamps, egg cups and pieces of his famous gold jewellery.
The first item to go was one of the late DJ's Highland suits which went for £280. The tweed jacket and kilt was the first of the 549 lots to go under the hammer - all in aid of Sir Jimmy's charitable trust.
Lot 549 - Sir Jimmy's favourite ashtray complete with a Romeo Y Julieta cigar - went for £140.
The Rolls-Royce, which Sir Jimmy called "The Beast" and still has his personalised JS 247 plate, became the highest priced single item at £130,000 when it was snapped up by an internet bidder
Another car, the DJ's distinctive yellow bubble car, was bought by care home owner Angela Swift for £22,000 for her new home in Barnsley.
A tireless charity worker, Sir Jimmy is thought to have raised more than £40 million for good causes in his lifetime.
He died just before his 85th birthday last year and requested his belongings be sold for charity after his death.