Bidding war for classic Rolls

SOLD The 1912 'Corgi' Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
SOLD The 1912 'Corgi' Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
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A CLASSIC Rolls-Royce has sold at auction for almost £5 million.

The 1912 ‘Corgi’ Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was sold just down the road from the luxury car manufacturer’s Goodwood home, at a Bonhams auction on the Goodwood Estate.

The car was expected to fetch more than £2m, but a bidding war drive the price up to a staggering £4.7m.

It is known as a Corgi because it was copied for a range of toy cars in the 1960s.

James Knight, of Bonhams, said: ‘It was the longest car sale I have ever witnessed — pure theatre.’

The car, sold after the death of its American owner, was bought by an anonymous foreign buyer at the auction, which was part of the Festival of Speed events.