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Auction raises £320,000 for charity

A marathon auction of Sir Jimmy Savile's huge collection of mementos and personal belongings has raised around £320,000 for his charities. Three auctioneers worked in relays during the non-stop, almost 13-hour sale which saw the broadcasting legend's Rolls-Royce

go for £130,000, his original, red Jim'll Fix It chair reach £8,500 and hundreds of smaller items go for hundreds of pounds each. Even as the hall emptied towards the end of the sale, a simple Jim'll Fix It badge sold for £2,000 to an internet bidder.

A tireless charity worker, Sir Jimmy is thought to have raised more than £40 million for good causes in his lifetime. He died just before his 85th birthday last year and requested his belongings be sold for charity after his death.

Sir Jimmy's belongings under the hammer

A lifetime of bling, string running vests, cigars, terrible gold tracksuits and even a top of the range Rolls Royce went under the hammer in Leeds today as Sir Jimmy Savile's trademark possessions were sold off for charity.

There has probably never been an auction like it, but then Jimmy was unique - and hundreds of his fans and simply the curious turned up to bid for a little piece of the showman's life. Jon Hill joined them.


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