JIM’LL FIX IT was one of the huge telly hits from the 70s to the 90s, and now people are being given a chance to own a piece of the set.
An auction of items owned by the programme’s presenter, Sir Jimmy Savile, who passed away in October 2011, will take place at Savile’s Hall in Leeds on 30 July.
According to the auctioneers, Dreweatts, this is a continuation of Savile’s desire to raise money for charity in his name after he died.
Up for auction
Up for auction are items including his £90,000 Rolls Royce Corniche, his £12,000 gold and diamond-encrusted Rolex watch, his gold identity bracelet and rings, his yellow BMW car and Jim’ll Fix It TV chair.
There are even Cuban cigars, some of his Top of the Pops outfits, medals, running vests and rainbow-coloured tracksuits that he wore when he ran marathons, racing cycles, and more.
His Rolls Royce has the registration ‘JS 247′, which stands for his initials and Radio 1′s former 247-metre medium waveband.
Known for his flamboyant and colourful antics, Jim bought a yellow BMW Isetta bubble car in 1965 and even fitted a rotating orange beacon on the roof after a near-miss with a lorry. That is also up for auction, and could reach up to £8,000.
Savile was known for raising money for charity and left millions of pounds to the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust. All of the money raised from the 550 lots will support his various charities.
For fans, one of the high points of the auction will be a Jim’ll Fix It chair, which is expected to fetch between £8,000 – £12,000. It was used in the first series of the show.
While some of his cigars are going for a steep price – such as a Dunhill walnut humidor that is estimated at £300 to £500, and a nine-carat gold Dunhill lighter mounted with 45 diamonds estimated at £800 to £1,200 – some of his Romeo y Julieta No2 cigars (still in their metal tubes, with a Jim’ll fix It sticker and a promotional photograph), are just £20 to £30 each.
The auction will take place on Monday 30 July at 10.30am at Saviles Hall, Royal Armouries Museum, in Leeds.