27 July 2012
Last updated at 08:44
Clothes, jewellery and other possessions belonging to the late TV and radio star Sir Jimmy Savile are to go up for auction in his home city of Leeds on Monday. The items on sale include his two-piece Superman suit, which he wore on many occasions, including a meeting with Prince Charles in 1999.
The items have come from Sir Jimmy's flat in Leeds, his Scottish cottage and other houses. They reflect his love of cycling and include the bicycles he used in more than 300 races. The host of Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It died last October at the age of 84.
The more unusual items include a painted cardboard model of Sir Jimmy driving a bubble car (left) and a "Nutters Inc" award in the shape of a brazil nut, made by an inmate at Broadmoor high security hospital, where Sir Jimmy worked as a volunteer.
Proceeds from the auction, which takes place at Saviles Hall in Leeds on Monday, will go towards Sir Jimmy's Charitable Trust, which is continuing to support his chosen charities. He reportedly raised £50m for charity during his lifetime.
A number of his trademark cigars will also go under the hammer. The auction includes everything from his homes, except for some significant items that have been saved to form a Sir Jimmy Savile archive at Leeds University.
The possessions give an insight into Sir Jimmy's home life - there is a framed photograph of him with the Prince and Princess of Wales along with a pair of Spitting Image novelty slippers bearing their likenesses, as well as records, crockery and weightlifting equipment.
A 2002 Rolls Royce convertible is the most valuable lot, with an estimate of £60,000 - £90,000. A bright yellow 1965 three-wheeled BMW bubble car comes complete with a flashing a flashing orange light fitted after he was almost flattened by a lorry. The auction house claims that Sir Jimmy once picked up the Duke of Edinburgh from Aylesbury railway station in this car.
Racks of clothes, including the famous tracksuits and running vests from his 216 marathons, are available. They are on public display at Saviles Hall until Sunday and include a high visibility jacket he used while walking from Lands End to John O’Groats.
The famous red chair from the first series of his TV show Jim'll Fix It is up for grabs for £10,000- £15,000. Auctioneer Will Richards (pictured) of auction house Dreweatts, said the sale was expected to raise more than £200,000 in total.
A pink satin padded bedspread with a JS monogram has come from Sir Jimmy's Scarborough flat.
The other items on sale include furniture, fitness equipment, his Royal Marines flying suit, Christmas cards from members of the royal family, costumes worn on Top of the Pops and his £12,000 gold and diamond encrusted Rolex watch.