Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow To Cross Auction Block


  • 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Picture

    1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Picture

    Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is set to cross the auction block. | January 09, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • A 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow once owned by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is set to cross the auction block in Birmingham, England on Saturday.
  • The car could sell for as little as 9,000 pounds or the U.S. equivalent of $14,425, according to auctioneer Coys.
  • "Inside the car, there is still present a box of tissues which the family found too painful to remove after Freddie's death," Coys said on its Web site.

BIRMINGHAM, England — A 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow once owned by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is set to cross the auction block in Birmingham, England on Saturday.

The car could sell for as little as 9,000 pounds or the U.S. equivalent of $14,425, according to auctioneer Coys. Coys did not provide an explanation for the bargain-basement pricing.

"Inside the car, there is still present a box of tissues which the family found too painful to remove after Freddie's death," Coys said on its Web site.

British media notes that Mercury didn't have a driver's license, so the Rolls-Royce was most likely driven by chauffeurs. The car's paperwork includes a letter confirming that the Silver Shadow was purchased for Mercury's personal use and owned by him until his death in November 1991, Coys said.

After his death "the car was then borrowed from the estate by Freddie's sister and has remained in her care ever since," said Coys.

The car was last used for the premiere of the "We Will Rock You" tour.

The car is part of Coys 2013 Autosport International Show.

Edmunds says: The auction house issued a statement that Mercury's Rolls-Royce can be had "for a song." At the very least, it's an important piece of rock memorabilia.

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