Having starred alongside Hollywood greats Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud, a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith touring limousine featured in the 1980s blockbuster hit Arthur will be sold during Auctions America by RM’s Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction, March 16-18, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“We’re bringing a touch of ‘Old Hollywood’ charm to South Florida,” said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America. “This ’56 Rolls-Royce personifies the glamour and prestige of a golden era. Collectors will appreciate both its celebrity provenance as well as its beautiful coachwork.”
Originally delivered on July 10, 1956, to Mme. A.W. Frink at the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, this Rolls-Royce limousine’s coachwork was completed by builder H.J. Mulliner. Following its original debut, the Rolls-Royce made its way to the United States and onto the movie set of Arthur. The British car wore its New York license plate of “ARTHUR” until it arrived in the South, where it was licensed in Florida under the same name.
“This Rolls-Royce has been kept in excellent condition and was recently refurbished by its present owner to look as pristine as it did while filming Arthur,” added Gould. “A show-quality vehicle, the Rolls-Royce has been shown at the Winter Park and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. It is the perfect centerpiece for any serious collection of automobiles or movie memorabilia.”
Other cars with celebrity pedigrees being offered at the Auctions America by RM Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event include a 1933 Cadillac seen in the Academy Award-winning film Seabiscuit and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 owned by Formula One world champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve.
Enthusiasts and collectors are invited to participate in the three-day auction. Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available for those unable to attend. Bidders may request vehicle condition reports by contacting one of Auctions America’s world-class car specialists. Real-time coverage is available online at www.auctionsamerica.com.
Preview days are March 15-18 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The auction takes place March 16-18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enthusiasts interested in attending the auction can purchase a four-day pass for $50 or a single-day pass for $20. Children under 12 years of age receive free admission when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Due to the Broward County Convention Center’s location and new Federal security requirements, everyone will be required to show government-issued picture identification, such as a passport or driver’s license.
Full event details and a list of auction offerings are available online at www.auctionsamerica.com or by calling toll free 877-906-2437 (or +1 260-927-9797 outside North America).