Haute Auto: Vintage Rolls-Royce from “Arthur” Film Heads to Auction

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Auctions America by RM will be placing a vintage 1956 Rolls-Royce on the block during its Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale on March 16-18. The Rolls-Royce limousine was used in the 1981 film “Arthur” with Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud.

Auctions America by RM is a collector-car auction house that is preparing for the Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale, which will take place March 16-18 in the Broward County Convention Center. One of the highlights of the auction is the vintage Rolls-Royce limousine featured in the 1981 film “Arthur”. The car was originally delivered in Paris on July 10, 1956 but eventually made it way to the U.S. and onto the “Arthur” set.

Donnie Gould, president of Auctions American, said, “This ’56 Rolls-Royce personifies the glamour and prestige of a golden era. Collectors will appreciate both its celebrity provenance as well as its beautiful coachwork.” Builder H.J. Mulliner completed the coachwork and the car carries the license plate of “ARTHUR”.

Expected to have a top bidding range of between $100,000 and $125,000, the Rolls-Royce is a show-quality vehicle. It has appeared at multiple collector events in Florida, including the Winter Park and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

“This Rolls-Royce has been kept in excellent condition and was recently refurbished by its present owner to look as pristine as it did while filming “Arthur,” said Gould. “It is the perfect centerpiece for any serious collection of automobiles or movie memorabilia.”

The sale of this vintage automobile is just one of many recent showings of classic-cars that make it to the Hollywood memorabilia collector markets. Last year, for example, the “Back to the Future” Delorean was put up for auction as well.

The Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction will also feature a 1933 Cadillac that was featured in the 2003 movie “Seabiscuit” and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 that was once owned by Jacques Villeneuve, a 1997 F1 world champion and 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner.

The three-day auction takes place March 16-18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Four-day passes are available for $50 and single-day passes cost $20. Children under the age of 12 receive free admission when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Due to the Convention Center’s location and new Federal security requirements, all guests will be required to show a government-issued picture identification.

Source: Wall Street Journal