Not a sight you see every day!
International auctioneers COYS are putting under the hammer a collection of fine automobiles and rare film memorabilia at their “True Greats” auction due to be held at the Royal Horticultural Society in London on December 1st.
Included in the lots are a 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S and one of the rarest Star Wars posters ever produced.
The Countach does look like it has come straight from the Star Wars set and is the second ever vehicle built out of the 5000 S series. Finished in crisp white with white leather interior, white flared wheels and a huge delta wing sprouting out from the rear boot lid, sale estimates range from £270,000 to £320,000.
Chris Routledge, Managing Director of COYS, said: “This car is arguably the best model to own out of all Lamborghini Countachs and would make even the most loyal Jedi consider joining the Dark Side. It embraces all that is Star Wars, making it the ultimate gift for the ultimate enthusiast, ready to be used and enjoyed.”
Car fans will be delighted to know that the sale also features an Ex Paddy Hopkirk and Timo Makinen BMC works 1966 Mini Cooper S. Piloted by two of the greatest names in rallying history from 1966 to 1968, it is estimated to fetch between £120,000 to £150,000. In the antiques world provenance is key as it places an item at a point in history and this Mini certainly delivers all of that magic. Sit in it and you can imagine yourself transported back in time to the 1966 RAC Rally, the 1967 Swedish Rally or even the 1968 Circuit of Ireland. In 1968 it took second place at the Scottish Rally – can you see yourself on that podium?
Other nuggets from history included in the sale include the sensational 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 featuring a 2.4 litre V6 engine and superior body work, designed by Pininfarina. This Concours winner is possibly one of the most collectible of all seventies sports cars and is estimated to reach between £230,000 to £265,000.
And let’s not forget the rare poster collection too. In anticipation of the premier for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens the auctioneers have included a selection of posters from the film’s legacy in their sale, including prints from The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Attack of the Clones.
On offer will be an incredibly rare Mylar Bus Stop poster featuring Yoda in Episode II, Attack of the Clones. This is one of 28 ever produced and has hence been described as the rarest Star Wars poster ever, estimated from £3,000 to £4,000.
Other Star Wars memorabilia will include an original Return of the Jedi poster used exclusively for the London underground, estimated from £150 to £200, and a UK Quad for The Empire Strikes Back, estimated to make from £350 to £450.
For James Bond fans, the auction will also offer an unsurpassed amount of film posters and related items spanning the entire history of the films from the unique James Bond collection of Marc Slattery.
Sounds like a great event. If you are planning to go along, let us know how you get on!