The ex-Robert Barrymore 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Skiff Coachwork by Schapiro-Schebera. Image courtesy of Bonhams
Bonhams Denmark Sale features rare Rolls-Royce car designs
DENMARK – Thirteen outstanding classic Rolls-Royce motor cars will be on sale on September 26, 2015 at Bonhams Denmark Sale. From the Henrik Frederiksen Collection, this is the first time Bonhams is conducting an auction in Denmark. The Rolls-Royce auction will be held in a picturesque 16th-century manor house Lyngsbækgaard, set in the Mols Bjerge national park near Aarhus, Denmark, that belongs to the owner of the collection, Henrik Frederiksen.
One of the major highlights of the auction is a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Skiff. Estimated at 7,200,000-9,200,000 DKK (£675,000-875,000), the 40/50 H.P. Silver Ghost is considered one of the best designs by Rolls-Royce. At over one hundred years old, the 40/50 H.P. Silver Ghost is incredibly well travelled. It has been enjoyed by previous owners residing in France, Brussels, Cairo, London and California. Its chassis is regarded by many as the model that earned Rolls-Royce the sobriquet “the best car in the world”. With lovely patina and a high degree of originality, the 54PB remains beautifully with age.
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An outstanding 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Tourer is another major highlight of the Bonhams Denmark single-owner Frederiksen Collection Sale. Once owned by famous Suffragette and philanthropist Katharine McCormick, the Phantom is estimated at 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£175,000-250,000).
The Phantom II is special in so many ways. Reputedly the last model that Henry Royce designed himself, the Phantom II design deviated from tradition. With an entirely new chassis laid out along the lines of that of the smaller 20HP Rolls-Royce, the Phantom II deviated from its predecessor, which inherited its underpinnings from the preceding 40/50HP Silver Ghost model. Announced in September 1929 with deliveries commencing immediately, the Phantom II immediately captivated many hearts. Built in two wheelbase lengths, this new low-slung frame enabled coachbuilders to design a sleeker, more modern body for the car.
Other Rolls-Royce motor cars offered in Bonhams Denmark Sale include:
- The ex-Robert Barrymore, 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Skiff – estimate 7,200,000-9,200,000 DKK (£675,000-875,000)
- The ex-Richard Solove,1910 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost ‘Balloon Car’ – estimate 4,600,000-6,200,000 DKK (£425,000-575,000)
- The ex-Peta Fisher – Blue Train challenging,1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Owen Sedanca Coupe – estimate 5,600,000-7,200,000 DKK (£510,000-660,000)
- 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Cabriolet – estimate 4,200,000-5,600,000 DKK (£390,000-520,000)
- The ex-Maharaja of Patiala and Richard J. Solove 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer – estimate 4,200,000-5,600,000 DKK (£390,000-500,000)
- The ex-Hedy Lamarr and Fritz Mandl,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Drophead Coupe – Estimate 4,000,000-5,200,000 DKK (£370,000-490,000)
- Ex-John Fasal,1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 ‘Roi-Des-Belges’ – estimate 3,500,000-5,000,000 DKK (£320,000-470,000)
- The unique Pietro Frua,1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Cabriolet – estimate 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£180,000-240,000)
- 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster – estimate 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£185,000-235,000)
- The ex-Katharine Dexter McCormick,1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Tourer – estimate 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£175,000-250,000)
- 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Owen Sedanca Coupe – estimate 1,000,000-1,300,000 DKK (£90,000-125,000)
- 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Town Car – estimate 950,000-1,250,000 DKK (£85,000-115,000)
- The ex-McElroy,1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer – estimate 700,000- 900,000 DKK (£60,000-85,000)