Notoriety boosts Edmonds sale

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Richard Edmonds has announced strong results for its Classic and Vintage Car Auction on 9-10 March at Castle Combe circuit.

Now a two-day event, with automobilia followed by vehicles, the Wiltshire sale boasted an eclectic selection of cars headed by a 1928 Hudson Super Six used in the making of the Madonna film Evita in 1996 (top).

The Hudson sold for £7500 to representatives of the Dezer Museum in Las Vegas, USA, where it will join a collection that already includes a Batmobile, a Ghostbusters ’59 Cadillac ambulance and the De Lorean time machine from Back to the Future.

Other interesting lots to find new homes included a former Metropolitan Police Control Ford Transit (above), one of six deployed during the infamous Broadwater Farm riots of 1985. Used to rescue officers and film evidence, the van was also part of Operation Nimrod, during the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege, and changed hands for just £2000.

A rather more impressive £25,500 was achieved for a 1968 Triumph TR5 (below). The car sat in a German barn for 20 years before being brought to the UK and restored in 2008. Also selling well was a pair of Rolls-Royces: a 1935 20/25 sports saloon at £51,000, and a 1937 25/30 saloon at £26,000.

This was only the second Richard Edmonds sale to offer internet bidding, which helped a 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe coupe (below) that had stalled at £6k to push on and sell for its lower estimate of £12,000.

Richard Edmonds' next classic-car sale will be on 29-30 June; for further details, visit the website.

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