Great Gastby Rolls-Royce up for Auction
The 1928 Rolls-Royce (above) driven by Robert Redford in the big screen version of The Great Gatsby is being auctioned off by Bonhams during the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in Connecticut on June 7. The 40/50hp Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton with coachwork by Brewster is estimated at $150,000 - $200,000. Owned by Massachusetts collector Ted Leonard, who lent it for the 1974 film, the car is largely original with minimal restoration. It was however painted a buttery yellow and its leather upholstery died green to match the description in F. Scott Fitzgerald's original text: "It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns."