Sir Jimmy Savile auction raises £320,000 for his favourite charities
And yesterday, after a marathon 13 hour event, the PA reveals that the auction raised a massive £320,000 for his charities.
The PA adds, “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.”
And apparently, even as the hall was emptying out towards the end of the sale, a Jim’ll Fix It badge sold for £2,000 to an internet bidder…
Earlier though, hundreds of people were packed into Savile Hall, in Leeds, for the start of the auction, with many fans of Sir Jimmy’s hoping to scoop smaller lots, such as lamps, egg cups and pieces of his famous gold jewellery.
The first item to go under the hammer was one of the late DJ’s Highland suits which sold for £280 while later, Sir Jimmy’s favourite ashtray – complete with a Romeo Y Julieta cigar – sold for £140.
Sir Jimmy’s prized Rolls-Royce, which he called ‘The Beast’, became the highest priced single item, selling at £130,000 to another internet bidder. His equally prized yellow bubble car sold for £22,000.
Over the course of his lifetime, and beyond, it’s been estimated that Sir Jimmy raised more than £40 million for good causes in his lifetime.
He died just before his 85th birthday last year.