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AN au­da­cious 1926 Rolls-royce, known as ‘The Phan­tom of Love’ and the most ex­pen­sive of its day, will be sold at Bon­hams on De­cem­ber 4 with an es­ti­mated price of £500,000–£700,000.

The coach­work for the 40/50hp Phan­tom Brougham de Ville was com­mis­sioned by Amer­i­can fi­nancier Clarence War­ren Gasque for his wife, Maude, a Wool­worth heiress. ‘The de­sign must be French,’ stated Gasque, sim­ply, to the Wolver-hamp­ton-based coach­builder, J. H. Bar­nett, who later com­mented: ‘As I be­lieve is often the case with Amer­i­cans, this gen­tle­man wanted a car for his wife

Ge­orge Young

The Phan­tom of Love: dis­cov­ered in 2002 in a used-car lot, this 1926 Rolls-royce has an in­te­rior mod­elled on Marie An­toinette’s sedan chair and will be sold at Bon­ham’s on Sun­day

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