Legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was sold for a record £74,000 ($120,000) at Autosport International at Birmingham’s NEC yesterday.
Originally estimated to fetch between £9,000 to £11,000, the car was sold by automotive auctioneers Coys to a Russian businessman through telephone bidding.
Purchased by Mercury’s company Goose Productions Ltd in 1979, it was used by Freddie up until his death in 1991. The car even features a box of unused Kleenex Mansize Tissues, which have been in the car since being in his possession.
“We’ve had a great day of sales at Autosport International,” said Chris Routledge, Managing Director of Coys. “Freddie Mercury’s car received a fantastic response, selling for over double the expectation.”
“Coys always brings an astounding selection of rare and incredibly unique cars for auction at Autosport International, and this year has been no different,” said Ian France, Autosport International Show Director. “The Freddie Mercury Silver Shadow sale illustrates perfectly the enthusiasm there is for automotive as well as music memorabilia and we’re delighted to have hosted such a fantastic sale.”
Cars that featured in the Coys auction will remain on display at Autosport International for the remainder of the show, which concludes on Sunday 13 January 2013 at 6pm.
Autosport International features some of the world’s best motorsport and road-going machinery, along with the stars of the race track, including three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, as well as current F1 ace Paul Di Resta.