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Oldest Rolls-Royce sold for record $7.22 mln

The oldest Rolls-Royce in the world was sold for a record £3.5 million ($7.22 million) at an auction in London, media reported Wednesday.

The vehicle had become both the most expensive Rolls-Royce and the most expensive pre-1905 car. „They opened the bidding at one million and it soared from there. In the end it came down to a battle between two telephone bidders,” a spokeswoman for auction house Bonhams said. The previous record for a Rolls-Royce was the £1.48 million ($3.04 million) paid for a 1912 Silver Ghost Double Pullman Limousine. The car was first exhibited at The Paris Salon in the late autumn of 1904 and owned by six owners till it was bought by a British private collector this time. „This car is the only Rolls-Royce qualifying on the basis of its pre-1905 date to take part in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which makes it extra special,” said Tim Schofield, head of UK motor sales. The car first completed the prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in 1954. (