Last month we reported that Ringo’s 1966 Mini Cooper S Radford was going across the block at Bonham’s December auction and expected to make around £100k.
The estimate was bank on the nose, with the Mini fetching £102,000 and in the process skipping from one pop era to another, with Ringo’s Mini snapped up by former Spice Girl Geri Horner (née Halliwell).
Not noted for her driving skills (the Ginger one has managed to have more than a knock or three), it’s probably as well the 1960s Mini isn’t, by modern standard, especially quick. Still, Ringo’s hatchback conversion on the Radford will come in handy for a buggy.
But it wasn’t just Ringo’s Mini at the Bonhams sale sprinkled with celebrity fairy dust, there were a few other notable former star owners on the sale list.
Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5 returned to the saleroom (it was sold at auction in 2012) after a complete restoration (reportedly courtesy of Chris Evans’ ownership) and sold for £1,345,500, a big jump on the £307k it fetched in 2012.
A terrific-looking 1959 Bentley Continental Fastback owned, at one time, by both Sir Elton John and Lord Sugar fetched a disappointing £366,666, a former Elton S2 Continental Flying Spur fetched £180,700 and an ex-Chris Evans Ferrari 365 GTB/4 £470,000.