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''Nikita'' Car to be Auctioned Off Later This Month

Written by Chief Editor.

On June 30, starting at 11:00 BST, Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale will be held.

The auction of motor cars and automobilia includes a vehicle once owned by Elton.

The description of Lot 217 reads:

''This beautiful and rare Bentley Continental was delivered to its first owner, Sir Elton John, via Jack Barclay Ltd of Berkeley Square, London on 15th February 1985 with the registration number 'B120 WYM.'  It featured prominently in the video for Elton John's hit single of that same year, 'Nikita,' where he is seen being driven in icy conditions and admiring a Russian soldier of that name. Subsequently the registration was changed to the personalised 'B20 ELT', which is extant today.

''In 2008, the Bentley was acquired by the immediately preceding owner, a long-time classic-car enthusiast based near Venice, who used it sparingly for some seven years. In February 2015 the car was offered for sale at Bonhams' auction at Le Grand Palais, Paris (Lot 419) where it was purchased by the current vendor. At that time the Continental was described as 'recently serviced and fitted with new tyres and a new battery.' Since then, the Bentley has benefited from the expert attentions of West Hoathly Garage, as evidenced by bills on file for various works (including re-instating the correct steel wheels) totalling £7,810.10.

''Finished in Tudor Red with red-piped beige leather interior and matching hood, the car comes complete with a V5C registration document, current MoT, the original stamped service book (recording Elton John as the first owner), warranty card, etc. The only deviation from original specification is the installation, probably on Sir Elton's instructions, of a boot-mounted CD changer and bass unit.''