Busi­ness­man be­queaths £3 mil­lion to the hos­pi­tal that treated him

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Brown

The sale of a Bri­tish busi­ness­man’s huge fleet of clas­sic cars and mo­tor­cy­cles has raised £3 mil­lion that will be used to build new hos­pi­tal treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties to ben­e­fit can­cer pa­tients.

Robert White, who died of can­cer in 2015, be­queathed his amaz­ing col­lec­tion that in­cluded more than 300 car mas­cots to fund fa­cil­i­ties at Poole and Dorset County hos­pi­tals.

Dorset was White’s home county, but his gen­eros­ity will ben­e­fit can­cer pa­tients across the coun­try.

Among the cars sold in the Bon­hams auc­tion in Lon­don on 19 Septem­ber were a 1930 Bent­ley 4.5-litre Le Mans-style Tourer sold to a European bid­der in the room for £315,100, while a 1959 AC Ace-Bris­tol Road­ster made £254,620. A Lalique Hi­bou glass owl ( CCW News, 7 Septem­ber), sold for £47,500 (es­ti­mate £55,000-65,000).

The auc­tion also set a new world record for a Ge­orge Daniels An­niver­sary model wrist­watch that achieved dou­ble es­ti­mate at £224,500.

Bon­hams co-chair­man Mal­colm Bar­ber, says: ‘I’m de­lighted that 10 hours on the ros­trum the sale has achieved such ex­cel­lent re­sults.’

White was the founder of one of the UK’s lead­ing pho­to­graphic re­tail­ers, hav­ing started in busi­ness with a small cam­era shop in Poole.

‘We’re so grate­ful for this im­mense gift, which will be of ben­e­fit to pa­tients for years to come,’ says Deb­bie Flem­ing, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Poole Hos­pi­tal NHS Foun­da­tion Trust.

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