A huge collection of Jimmy Savile's mementos and personal belongings were flogged following his death, with one person even spending £160,000 of his Rolls Royce.
But the auction – which raised around £320,000 for Savile's charities – took place before his sickening sex crimes came to light. It left those who spent thousands on the items in an extremely uncomfortable position.
The auction lasted almost 13 hours and required three auctioneers, working in relays. Among the items sold was the original red chair from Jim'll Fix It (which reached £8,500). A simple Jim'll Fix It badge was flogged for a staggering £2,000.
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An anonymous scrap dealer picked up the Rolls Royce and was hoping to hire it out for weddings and children’s parties. He told Sky News after Savile's crimes emerged: "I don't want to be associated with it. I'm just gutted because all of this should have come out beforehand."
He said he bought the car "on a whim" over the phone and spent £8,000 repairing it.
In 2019 The Sun reported that an anonymous trader was attempting to flog Savile’s personalised number plate JS 247 without saying who it used to belong to. The advert was placed in a Sunday newspaper and described the number plate as a "Cherished Plate for Christmas". It was listed for £25,000.
Another of Savile's cars, a 1978 Range Rover Carawagon estate, was put up for sale by dealers Car and Classic UK shortly before he was outed as a predatory paedophile. Despite the company removing it from their website, it said it was subjected to a campaign of "abuse".
A spokesperson told the Daily Record at the time: "It’s the abuse we've had. The owner bought the car in good faith.
"I've had to hide the car because I've had so much abuse, bad emails and telephone calls. It’s been absolutely out of order. I don’t own it – I’m trying to sell it for a client who’s had it for a couple of years.
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"He wants to get rid of it. Now he’s just had enough of it. It’s a very difficult situation.
"What I've been inundated with is absolutely outrageous. Some of the things people have written they should be locked up for. I've never had anything like it in my life, never."
BBC One's new drama about Savile – The Reckoning – aired tonight (Monday, October 9) and is available on iPlayer.
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