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In what can only be described as a bizarre piece where celebrity culture meets market ideology the SKY news website reports the harrowing story of a scrap dealer who may lose out on an ‘investment’ in disgraced broadcaster Jimmy Savile celebrity paraphernalia:  Buyer Of Jimmy Savile’s Rolls-Royce ‘Gutted’ . The scrap dealer paid £160,000 in an aution for a Rolls Royce that once belonging to the deceased celebrity.

Speaking exclusively to Sky News, he said he fears it is now worth less than half that and that he has consulted a barrister about legal action to try and get his money back.

SKY goes onto report:

Its new owner, from Poole in Dorset, said he bought the vehicle over the telephone “on a whim”, but now his plans to hire it out for weddings and children’s parties are ruined.

SKY goes on to report that the scrap dealer may not be alone in losing out on his investment:

He claims he has spoken to other buyers of Savile’s belongings, which ranged from cigars to a gold Rolex watch, who also stand to lose out. “A lot of people spent a lot of money on that stuff, tracksuits and that, and they’ve got to burn them now because they’re worth nothing.

“I’ve got my lawyers looking at it now, but my solicitor has spoken to a barrister and he seemed to think none of us had a leg to stand on,” he said.

There was no concern for the abused children nor their suffering expressed at any point in the article. Finally SKY reveals:

He also revealed why he wants his identity kept secret: because he has not told his wife that he bought the car, or how much money he will lose.

Indeed, and critical media review wonders might he or his wife be embarrassed for any other reason?

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