For those Elton fans who are also car enthusiasts, and keen on buying a piece of luxury history when Elton sells his garage of cars in June 2001, we offer you a run-me-down (!) of estimated prices for the cars offered by London auctioneers Christies.
Wheels for the well-heeled
Elton's auto-auction comprises:
1986 Ferrari 412 Coupe: £25,000
1975 Bentley Convertible: £35,000
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante: £70,000
1956 Bentley S1 Fastback: £70,000
1965 Jaguar E Type Roadster: £35,000
1987 Ferrari Testarossa: £45,000
1960 Bentley S2 Flying Spur: £50,000
1963 Rolls Royce SCIII Saloon: £30,000
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage: £40,000
1987 Bentley Turbo: £25,000
1973 Rolls Royce Phantom VI: £150,000
1965 Bentley S3 Continental: £35,000
1992 Ferrari 512 TR: £50,000
1964 Bentley S3 Convertible Coupe: £60,00
1984 Aston Martin V8 Volante: £55,000
1962 Bentley S3 Standard Steel: £30,000
1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage: $£30,000
1997 Bentley Turbo R 400 Saloon: £45,000
1993 Jaguar XJ 220: £160,000
1995 Bentley Continental: £100,000
This week's issue of HELLO! magazine (issue 660, May 1, 2001) includes 5 pages of pictures of Elton at Woodside with the collection of cars he is auctioning.
And here's what UK television car critic Quentin Willson had to say about the impending auction, writing in The Mirror on April 27, 2001:
"As long as there's not too much hype, as long as nobody bids silly money, as long as there are no Americans around, you've a fair chance of driving home a classic car that over time won't just hold its value, but could well appreciate because of its celebrity provenance.
"Take Elton's '87 Bentley Turbo R. Normally a nice early Turbo R would make around 13 grand, but this one's rather special. Elton used it to go to Princess Diana's funeral, and then drove it from Westminster Abbey to a studio to record Candle In The Wind. That makes it no ordinary Bentley, but an emotionally-charged piece of social history.
"He's also selling his 1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limo. A decent example of the potentate's Roller would now normally sell for around 30K, but Sir Elton used his for tours in the UK and says it has a "brilliant sound system". So if Lennon's Merc limo made nearly 200K, Elton's Double-R is definitely worth more than a piffling 30 grand.
"And looking down the list of cars, I have to say Elton has impeccable taste. There's a lovely Carmen red '65 E-Type Roadster, registration OKE 1, a 1960 Bentley Flying Spur (the prettiest Bentley ever), four Aston Martin V8s (two of which are the ultra-desirable Volante Convertibles), three Ferraris and another eight Bentleys including a late Corniche and two coach-built 60s convertibles.
"Mind you, I'm not sure his Jaguar XJ220 will prove the wisest investment. He probably paid the full 400 grand for it back in '93, and now he'll be doing well to claw back 100K.
"You'll even be able to find out which superstar has travelled in what. Elton's circle of friends reads like a Hollywood Who's Who and he has given lifts to Hugh Grant, Robbie Williams, George Michael, David Beckham and Princess Diana.
"What's more, none of his cars is likely to be sheds. You'll be buying something that really can justify that well-worn description of "one careful owner". All the cars will have had cloth-of-gold maintenance and spent the greater part of their lives in heated motor-houses, being regularly fed and watered.
"So get a catalogue, do some homework and get along to the saleroom on June 5. As long as you keep your head and buy wisely, you might end up owning a piece of celebrity history that could, over time, make you money."