‘Now then now then… ‘
An auction of the late Sir Jimmy Savile’s belongings raised almost half-a-million dollars yesterday in Leeds, England. 700 on-line bidders competed with 350 buyers at the Savile Hall for an excess of gold lame suits, platform shoes, and a selection of the DJ’s bling.
549 lots were up for grabs in a sale organized by Dreweatts. These included gold lame suits, jogging gear, kilts, cigars, cigar boxes, shoes, trainers, furniture, records, record player, photographs, cartoons, numerous awards, assorted glasses, memorabilia, including Christmas cards from Royalty, and Jim’ll Fix It medallions, presentation gifts and the famous red-upholstered chair.
The auction lasted 13-hours, which saw the legendary DJ and broadcaster’s Rolls-Royce (nick-named “The Beast”) sold for $200,000, his famous red chair sold for $13,300, and individual items, such as one highly sought after Jim’ll Fix It medal reach $3,130.
All of the items reached over their original asking price:
Lot 174 - A pink satin padded bedspread with a gold J.S. monogram was sold for over $200.
Lot 185 - A novelty egg cup teapot with picture of Sir Jim holding it raised $60.
Lot 549 - Sir Jimmy’s favourite ashtray complete with a Romeo Y Julieta cigar - went for $220.
All money raised will be donated to charity.
The auction catalog can be seen here, and more on the story here.
Edinburgh Evening News front cover printing plate.
A photograph of Jimmy Savile with Elvis Presley.
The famous Jim’ll Fix It medal, presented to lucky participants in the TV series.
A few of the many medals Sir Jimmy won for competing in marathons.
A selection of items sold during the auction.
A view of the auction at Savile Hall yesterday - note the J.S. monogramed bedspread.
A limited edition Jim’ll Fix It cigar.
A small selection of Savile’s record collection.
Framed photograph of Sir Jimmy Savile.