Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Savile's Roller sold for £130,000

Sir Jimmy Savile is thought to have raised millions of pounds for good causes in his lifetime
A Highland suit belonging to Sir Jimmy Savile has sold for 280 pounds at auction (Dreweatts/PA)
Jimmy Savile's famous red chair was one of the items up for auction (Dreweatts/PA)

A Rolls-Royce belonging to the late Sir Jimmy Savile has sold for £130,000 at an auction of thousands of his mementos and personal belongings.

The car - which he called "The Beast" and still has his personalised JS 247 plate - is expected to be the highest priced single item at the sale in Leeds, which could last up to 10 hours.

It was bought by an internet buyer as hundreds of people packed Savile Hall in the Royal Armouries complex.

Many at the sale were fans determined to pick up smaller items including lamps, egg cups and pieces of his famous gold jewellery.

Nick Beckwith said he was determined to get one of Sir Jimmy's bikes and managed to secure Lot 27 - a Falcon 21-gear mountain bike.

"I just wanted to buy it so one of the bikes would stay in Leeds," said Mr Beckwith, who is from Garforth, near the city.

"You don't know, with everybody on the internet and on the phone, where they're going to go. I will ride it round Roundhay Park, which is where Jimmy rode it and had many hours of fun."

Mr Beckwith said his father used to ride with Sir Jimmy many years ago.

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 549 lots to go under the hammer - all in aid of Sir Jimmy's charitable trust.

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