Campaign to keep Birkin ‘Blower’ Bentley in the UK
The Birkin ‘Blower’ Bentley, which was sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale last year, might stay in the UK – if £5.1m can be raised in time
After it sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in 2012 for £5,042,000, a temporary export bar has been put on the Tim Birkin ‘Blower’ Bentley – with the hope that enough money can be raised to keep the historically significant car in the UK.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey took the decision to defer granting an export licence for the racing car following a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England, on the grounds that it was of outstanding significance for the study of motor racing and automobile technology in the first half of the twentieth century.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: ‘It would be a tremendous loss to the nation if this wonderful car, that so beautifully epitomises the passion and glamour of motor racing in 1930s Britain, were to be exported overseas. I hope that a UK buyer can be found in the time now available so we can keep this magnificent piece of British racing history in the UK.’
The decision on the export licence application for the car will be delayed until 31 October. This may also be extended until 31 May 2014, if it looks like there is serious intent to buy the car for the recommended price of £5,149,800.
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