Elton John reaps $2.75 million from car auction

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 06 2001 11:00 PM ET

The recent Christie’s auction of Elton John’s used automobiles brought in nearly twice its official presale estimate, or $2.75 million, according to Reuters. The peripatetic singer chose to auction off his staggering collection of automobiles because he is rarely home to drive them and wants them to be cared for by other appreciative auto enthusiasts. The cars have been well-maintained, and they all boast exemplary sound systems since, as the pop star explains, “music and cars go together.” The top price paid was $331,350 for a 1993 Jaguar XJ220. A Christie’s spokeswoman said that “the atmosphere was absolutely electric” at the auction; John, however, was monitoring it from his home in Atlanta, remarking, “When the bidding kept going up and up way above the estimates, I was both thrilled and surprised.... There’s obviously a lot of money to be made from secondhand cars!”

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