Barbara Hutton’s Rolls-Royce for Sale: $1.1 Million on eBay
At one time, Barbara Hutton combined two of the most remarkable feminine traits in one person: one of the most glamorous women of the 1930’s, she was also the richest of the time.
The money came from daddy. She inherited the fortune he had made by building the chain of Woolworth’s “five and dime” stores. She had multiple husbands – seven, to be precise, including Cary Grant - consorted with only the most glamorous people, and lived a life of incredible wealth.
Naturally, she had a Rolls-Royce. More accurately, her husband had a rolls-Royce. A 1933 Phantom II “drophead coupe,” to be precise. Only one other like it was ever built and it is the only one known still to exist. Ms. Hutton bought it for her husband, Russian Prince Alexis Mdivani. (This was, of course, long after Russian Princes were somewhat obsolete, the Revolution having displaced them about twenty years before.)
The marriage to the Russian Prince didn’t last very long. (None of Ms. Hutton’s marriages lasted very long, but this one may have set the record, as it was over in a year.) But, the Prince ended up with the car following the divorce. Unfortunately, shortly after the divorce, the Prince was killed while driving the car in France.
(more after the jump)
After the accident, the Rolls-Royce was returned to the original bodybuilder, Thrupp & Maberly, where it was completely restored.
It has, however, been only lightly used since. Today, the odometer reads 9,999 original miles.
And, now it can be yours, provided you’re adept at bidding on eBay and, of course, you’ve got some cash – or at least a very, very large balance in your PayPal account.
The starting bid is $1,100,000. As this is written, there are no bids. But, the auction doesn’t close until April 27th, and it is the nature of eBay that many bidders wait until the last moment to jump in.
The seller allows viewing the car by appointment. The car is located in North Carolina.