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Rockerfeller’s Bentley, and Rolls-Royces once owned by a Hollywood star and an Indian Maharaja – just some of the cars on offer at Bonhams’ Frederiksen collection sale

Every car in the 48-strong collection was hand-picked by Henrik Frederiksen and his wife Vivi, who passed away earlier this year. As they amassed the collection together over many years, he now feels it right to sell the cars.

The sale will offer predominately pre-World War II cars, and includes 13 Rolls-Royces, three Mercedes-Benz cars, three Cadillacs and two Bentleys.

Among the many cars with exciting histories is the Rolls-Royce Phantom III first owned by Austrian arms manufacturer Fritz Mandl. He bought the Rolls new in 1937 while in an arranged marriage with Austrian-born actress Hedwig Kiesler, who later became famous in Hollywood as Hedy Lamarr. 

The Vanden Plas bodied drophead coupe was restored over 10 years and subsequently won awards at Pebble Beach and CCCA concours competitions. It’s expected to sell for £400,000 to £510,000.

Perhaps even more exotic is the 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost tourer ordered new by Bhupendra Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala from 1910 to 1938. One of 26 Rolls-Royces bought by the extravagant ruler, the Silver Ghost remained in India for more than 60 years before being discovered in 1970 by famous British dealer, Charles Howard. In his recent book An Autobiography, Howard describes the find and states that it looked to be in much worse condition than it really was. Its sale estimate is £420,000-£550,000.

One of just two Bentleys in the collection is the 1958 S1 drophead coupe built for John D Rockefeller Jr. One of just 12 cars in this design, it’s a matching numbers example with a well-known history that’s been extensively restored by P&A Wood. Expect it to sell for up to £910,000.

All the cars on offer are in running condition, and the sale could result in a final figure of £25 million. It will take place on 26 September at Mr Frederiksen’s picturesque 16th century manor house Lyngsbækgaard, the former residence of the King of Denmark, in the Mols Bjerge national park in Ebeltoft, Denmark.

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By Claire Evans

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