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Lot 116 - 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche

ex. Keith Moon of The Who

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ESTIMATE £25,000- £30,000

Auction Fontwell House
Auction Date 12th September 2019
Day of Auction Day 1 - Thursday

Lot Details

Lot Number 116
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number TBA
Year 1972
Make Rolls-Royce
Model Corniche

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Description

Legendary rock drummer Keith John Moon left school by 15 to join his first band, The Beachcombers. By the age of 18, he had joined a local London band, The High Numbers; this was to consist of what is now known as The Who. With his own unique style of drumming, rolling the sticks along the skins as opposed to banging the typical beat, he was to become extrovertly charismatic in his life as well as his playing. With a desire, a need if you like, to be the centre of attention, this hyperactive, and largely, self destructive, personality became his own worst enemy.

His on-stage aggression, destroying his drum kits while still playing them and wrecking hotel rooms, apart from being an obvious publicity stunt, was fuelled with the excessive use of drugs and alcohol. Sadly he died in September 7th 1978 by an overdose of the prescribed medicine that was designed ease him off his drink addiction.

As was a rite of passage for any self-respecting 1970s rock star, Keith indulged in his love for fast and exotic cars, owning many of the cars to befit a well-heeled celebrity at the time. Amongst which was this fabulous 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche, which we understand was the only example finished in this remarkable (and very period) shade of metallic purple by Mulliner Park Ward, with a matching cream leather interior.

In current ownership since 2012, the Rolls-Royce has been serviced and other items attended to as and when required, and as such runs very nicely. Offered with a full service history and extensive documentation, this is a wonderful opportunity to obtain a souvenir from the golden age of rock music.


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