RM Sotheby’s has announced that the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is heading to auction. 

Freddie
Neil Fraser ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

Owned by Freddie Mercury from 1979 until he passed in 1991, this 1974 example is finished in its factory-correct colour of Silver Chalice. The interior is trimmed in blue. 

According to the auction house, while it is unlikely that the Tanzania-born, British singer-songwriter drove this Silver Arrow, on account of apparently never gaining a full driving licence, it is thought that this Silver Shadow was Mercury’s chauffeur-driven transport for the duration of Queen’s smash hit heyday, at a time when the band would record much of its best-known music.

Freddie
Neil Fraser ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

The Silver Shadow accompanies a history file that features Mercury’s name on “assorted” workshop invoices. However, RM Sotheby’s notes that, curiously, much of the paperwork on the file is recorded in the name of Mary Austin, the iconic vocalist’s former partner, who assisted Mercury with the car’s upkeep. However, the auction company states, “A letter on file from Jim Beach, long-time band manager of Queen, verifies the car’s celebrity ownership.”

“Beach comments that upon Mercury’s passing in November 1991, the Silver Shadow continued to be driven by the rockstar’s sister, Kashmira Cooke, who subsequently bought the car from the Freddie Mercury Estate in 2003. The Rolls-Royce was enjoyed for many years by Ms Cooke and her partner until it was bought at auction by its consigning owner in 2013.”

Neil Fraser ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

The firm also says buyers should note that this Silver Shadow has been stored for an “extended” period. It would thus benefit from a mechanical inspection before being driven. 

Mercury’s Silver Shadow is offered without reserve. However, the auction firm expects it to fetch between £20 000 and £30 000, which, at the current Rand-Pound exchange rate, amounts to R416 207.88 and R624 311.81, not a lot considering it was once owned by one of the world’s most legendary singers. All proceeds will go to Superhumans Center, a charity established to provide aid in Ukraine.

Neil Fraser ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.