An auction of classic vehicles and memorabilia owned by photographer Robert White has raised more than £3million, which will go towards helping cancer sufferers.

White, who himself died of cancer in 2015 at 62, was the founder of one of the UK's leading photographic retailers. He was well known for his passion for collecting machines and objects of the finest design and engineering.

This collection included cars, motorcycles, watches and cameras, many of which were sold at Bonhams’ New Bond Street, London, auction house on Monday.

Leading the 600-plus-lot auction was a 1930 Bentley 4.5-litre Le Mans-style Tourer, which sold for £315,100 to a European bidder in the room.

A 1959 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster went on to sell for £254,620, while a 1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow motorcycle made £88,900. A 1977 MV Agusta 861cc 'Magni' – an iconic Italian two-wheeler – sold for £69,700.

The incredible figure raised from the Robert White Collection – which was only expected to make £2million – will go towards funding essential improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Dorset.

It will also provide education and training bursaries for cancer and associated medical and diagnostic specialists, allowing them to remain at the cutting edge of medical practice.

Dr. Mike Bayne, consultant oncologist to White before he died, 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, enabling the people of Dorset to receive the very latest and most effective diagnoses and treatments for a range of cancers, and supporting our skilled clinicians and nursing teams to be among the most advanced in the country."

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

September 21, 2016