Classic car auction raises £3m for cancer patients
Classic cars and motorcycles once owned by renowned photographer Robert White have raised more than £3million at auction to help cancer sufferers.
The 600-plus-lot auction included cars, motorcycles, watches and cameras, all of which were part of a collection that engineering-enthusiast White built up over many years, before his own death from cancer at 62 last year.
The top lot at the auction was a 1930 Bentley 4.5-litre Le Mans-style Tourer, which a European bidder in the room took home for £315,100.
A 1959 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster then made the impressive sum of £254,620, while a 1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow motorcycle sold for £88,900. A 1977 MV Agusta 861cc 'Magni' sold for £69,700.
The auction, which took place at Bonham's saleroom in New Bond Street, London, on Monday September 19, was slated to make £2m.
The money will go towards improving cancer diagnosis and treatment in Dorset, where White opened his first camera shop – in Poole.
It will also provide education and training bursaries for cancer and associated medical and diagnostic specialists, allowing them to remain at the cutting edge of medical practice.
Dr. Mike Bayne, consultant oncologist to White before he died said: "The impact that Mr White's incredible generosity will have to patients facing cancer in Dorset cannot be overstated.
"This lasting legacy will continue to benefit patients and their families for years to come, enabling the people of Dorset to receive the very latest and most effective diagnoses and treatments for a range of cancers, and supporting our skilled clinicians and nursing teams to be among the most advanced in the country."