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Bonhams to sell Bentley that took Keith Richards on hedonistic road trip

Bonhams has announced that it will be offering the Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur first owned by Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards at the Goodwood Revival auction on 12 September.

Richards bought the Bentley from HR Owen in London in 1965. It was one of a limited edition of 87. He nicknamed the car Blue Lena after legendary jazz musician Lena Horne. It was apparently later modified at his request to have a secret compartment where he and the band could hide their drugs.

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Among other hedonistic road trips, Blue Lena is the car that was driven to Marrakech by Richards and Anita Pallenberg in 1967 prior to Richards’ court appearance for possession of drugs. The journey was the start of the pair’s 23-year relationship.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: ‘Richards sold Blue Lena in 1978, and it has since changed hands just three times. Following a five-year restoration, Blue Lena has been returned to its former glory, and will be offered at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale at estimate £400,000-600,000.’

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By Claire Evans

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