AN Aladdin’s cave of Sir Jimmy Savile’s unique and bizarre collection of ephemera - from union jack slippers to a Rolls Royce Corniche - will go under the hammer in Leeds on Monday.
Yesterday, on the eve of a public preview, auctioneers unveiled an entire showroom full of the treasures.
More than 500 lots will be offered for sale at the appropriately-named Savile Hall in Leeds’s Royal Armouries. They are expected to raise as much as £300,000 for causes close to the heart of the late disc jockey.
Among the highlights are items of elaborate jewellery amassed by Sir Jimmy at his homes in Leeds and Scarbroough. One, a nine carat gold and diamond identity bracelet, is expected to fetch up to £8,000.
Also open for bids are dozens of items of outlandish clothing, including the colourful string vests and tracksuits favoured by the former Jim’ll Fix It presenter, who died in Leeds last year. A gold lame Nike tracksuit has a guide price of up to £300.
There are also many pieces of furniture from Sir Jimmy’s homes, including kitsch 1970s-style sofas, sideboards and coffee tables, plus boxes of his trademark cigars and greetings cards signed by members of the royal family.
Music fans will be drawn to Sir Jimmy’s collection of 45rpm records, but a picture of the DJ shaking hands with a young Elvis Presley in the early Sixties, which appears in the auctioneers’ glossy catalogue, is not for sale.
David Rees, of auctioneers Dreweatts, said: “I’ve never put an auction together quite like this. I think Sir Jim would have enjoyed it.”
The lots are open for public viewing from today to Sunday at the Royal Armouries, with the auction beginning on Monday at 10.30.