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Keith Richards’ Pontiac Convertible at Bonhams auction
30 Mar 2012, 10:28 GMT+01
The upcoming Bonhams Collector Car sale in Hendon will feature a vehicle with a rock and roll pedigree – Keith Richards’ 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Silver Streak Convertible.
This classic American car was owned and regularly driven by Richards in the early 1970s, after the Rolling Stones had relocated from England to the Cote d’Azur on financial advice in 1971. The band, along with their families and ever-growing entourage, stayed at the Villa Nellcôte and welcomed a constant stream of famous (and often infamous) visitors.
The band were at the peak of their fame and powers, and after building a ramshackle recording studio in the cellars of the Villa they set about the mammoth recording sessions which would result in possibly their finest album – Exile on Main Street.
This period is one of the most famous in the band’s history, and the car appears in numerous photographs taken at the time. Its superb condition and exceptional history mean it will be offered in the auction with a pre-sale estimate of £18,000 - £22,000.
The car will appear alongside other notable highlights including:
The auction will take place at the RAF Museum in Hendon on April 30.
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