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'Lucky' number plate set to sell for thousands

The number plate 1 PRO is set to sell for thousands of pounds on eBay. Credit: eBay

A "truly special" number plate, previously owned by former world snooker champion Ray Reardon, is set to sell for thousands of pounds at auction.

The bidding on the number plate, which has the registration number 1 PRO, currently stands at nearly £60,000 on eBay.

Reardon bought the number plate after he won the 1974 World Snooker Championship and went on to own it for nearly 30 years, according to the item's description.

The six-time world champion apparently sold it to the current owner in 2004 and included a signed letter wishing him "all the best".

The current owner says: "It brought him a lot of good fortune and since I've owned the plate I too have done extremely well in life and in business. Perhaps it's just a lucky plate for whoever owns it."

Freddie Mercury's Rolls-Royce sold for £74,600

A Rolls-Royce once driven by former Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury has been snapped up at auction for £74,600 - six times over its guide price.

Lot 331 at auctioneers Coys, Freddie Mercury's Silver Shadow Rolls-Royce Credit: PA Wire/Coys

The 1974 Silver Shadow only has 62,000 miles on the clock despite being used by the singer between 1979 and 1991. The car is heading to an unnamed Russian businessman who sealed the deal in a telephone bid.


Napoleon's coded Kremlin letter sells for €187,500

A rare letter written in code by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte during his Russian military campaign sold at auction for €187,500 (£152,092) - ten times its estimated presale price.

The one-page letter, which was written in October 1812, boasts that his forces will "blow up the Kremlin" and was sent to a military commander in Moscow.

The letter, written in a secret code, sold for ten times its estimated presale price Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

It was written in a numeric code used by the French ruler to throw off any would-be interceptors.

The Fontainebleau Auction House said the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Paris was in the process of finalising its purchase, which the auctioneer described as being "unique".

Jimmy Savile's belongings up for sale

Sir Jimmy Savile's gold suits, Cuban cigars and beloved Rolls-Royce will go on sale today as the late DJ's belongings goes up for auction.

Sir Jimmy Savile's trademark Cuban cigar and tracksuit will be auctioned Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Thousands of items of memorabilia owned by the broadcaster and Top of the Pops host will be sold to go towards his charitable trust.

Jimmy Savile's Rolls-Royce Credit: Gregg Easteal / Twitter

His trademark tracksuits and jewellery, including a £12,000 gold and diamond encrusted Rolex watch, gold identity bracelet and rings, will all go under the hammer along with the first ever chair from his Jim'll Fix It TV show.

Jimmy Savile's jewellery is also up for auction Credit: Gregg Easteal / Twitter
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