Dorset

Robert White car auction to benefit Dorset cancer patients

Robert White Collection of motorcycles and cars Image copyright Bonhams
Image caption The Robert White Collection includes 500 lots and is expected to raise £2m at auction

A collection of vintage and classic motorcycles and cars is expected to raise £2m to help pay for new cancer facilities.

The Robert White Collection, which also includes watches and cameras, will be auctioned at Bonhams in London.

Photographer and retailer Robert White died of cancer last year, aged 62.

He was treated in Dorset and proceeds from the sale will help fund new facilities in the county and support a number of staff training bursaries.

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Image caption The sale, which also includes watches and cameras, will take place at Bonhams in September

The cash will also pay for new scanners at Poole Hospital and new radiotherapy facilities at Dorset County Hospital.

Mr White, from Poole, started his collection after setting up a photography business in the town in 1982.

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Image caption A previous sale of motorbikes owned by Robert White (right) to his friend and US talk show host Jay Leno has already helped to fund a new cancer treatment centre at Dorset County Hospital and diagnostic facilities at Poole Hospital

Highlights from the sale, which has 500 lots, include; a 1929 Megola 640cc touring motorcycle, estimated to fetch between £120,000 to £140,000; a 1930 Bentley 4-and-a-half litre Le Mans-style tourer, estimated at between £450,000 and £550,000; and an 18K gold limited series manual-wind calendar Daniels wristwatch, which could make between £70,000 and £100,000.

US talk show host and Mr White's friend, Jay Leno, said: "They say that you should never be possessed by your possessions but Robert took more pleasure from his possessions than any man I have ever met.

"The evening ritual of winding his George Daniels watch, for example, was an active delight to him as an opportunity to take pleasure in its mechanism."

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Image caption A 1930 Bentley 4-and-a-half litre Le Mans-style tourer, included in the auction, is expected to raise between £450,000 and £550,000

Mr White's oncologist, Dr Mike Bayne, said: "The impact that Mr. White's incredible generosity will have to patients facing cancer in Dorset cannot be overstated.

"This lasting legacy will continue to benefit patients and their families for years to come."

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Image caption Mr White also had an avid interest in cars and motorcycles

Mr White previously sold a collection of Brough Superior motorbikes to Mr Leno.

Funds raised from the sale is helping to build a new £7m cancer treatment centre at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, and diagnostic facilities at Poole Hospital.

The auction will be held on 19 September.

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