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Tome much to bear: Why not buy a Bentley book for R3.6m?


Tome much to bear: Why not buy a Bentley book for R3.6m?

The diamond-encrusted Centenary Opus is just what your cubbyhole needs

Tymon Smith

The Bentley Centenary Opus is an 800-page celebration of the car’s history that weighs 30kg. Published by Opus, it’s the largest book yet dedicated to one car manufacturer and comes with an introduction by avid Bentley collector and fashion mogul Ralph Lauren.
While the ultimate edition of the book, which is limited to seven copies, costs about R3.6m, more affordable versions are available. The Centenary Edition, which retails at $3,950 (R56,987) is limited to 500 copies and comes bound in one of four specially created Bentley leather hides.
Then there’s the Mulliner Edition, of which there are 100 copies, which goes for $16,000 (R230,800). It includes 10 Polaroids of Bentley’s most famous models, 56 specially commissioned watercolours of Bentleys, and a piece of one of the left front tyres from the Speed 8 that won the company the 2003 Le Mans race. It also contains bespoke pages reserved for owners to have photos of their own Bentleys inserted.
The 100 Carat Edition offers the most exclusive experience. Its cover is encrusted with diamonds and you can choose whether you’d like the Bentley badge on it to be set in white gold or platinum – all for just $250,000 (R3.6m), which is more than the starting price of Bentley’s Continental GT or Bentayga Speed cars. It’s limited to an edition of just seven copies, so better hurry while stocks last.
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