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Fancy owning George Best's 1972 Rolls-Royce?

By Claire Williamson

A Rolls-Royce owned by Northern Ireland superstar footballer George Best could be yours as it is set to go under the hammer.

It is expected to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000 when it is auctioned at the Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire on October 12.

The legendary sportsman was photographed with his new purchase of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow on December 4 1972.

The car has sported various registration numbers over the past forty-four years but on that occasion wore plates advertising Mr. Anthony's Manchester-based dealership.

Mr Best is understood to have been only too happy to promote his friend's business.

The Acrylic White Rolls-Royce was also pictured outside Manchester United's Old Trafford grounds.

It has been repainted since it belonged to Best and the luxury saloon has also gained a Black vinyl roof covering and later-style integral reversing lamps.

However, the Silver Shadow still retains its original steering wheel, Black leather upholstery and Grey Ambla headlining etc.

Which means any future owner can rest assured that they are not only driving a car that George Best owned - but is also sitting on the very same leather.

The car has had £22,000 spent on it over the last 22 years since it was acquired by its last registered keeper during 1994.

Although not as cosmetically sharp as it once was, the Rolls-Royce possesses a current MOT certificate valid until June 14 2017 and offers a new owner the chance of restoring it.

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