JULIEN’S AUCTIONS IS PROUD TO PRESENT “SAGERSTRONG X BENTLEY: 2022 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED CONVERTIBLE” AN EXCLUSIVE AUCTION EVENT FEATURING A ONE-OF-A-KIND AUTOMOTIVE MASTERPIECE TO BENEFIT THE SAGERSTRONG FOUNDATION’S WORK IN BLOOD CANCER RESEARCH IN MEMORY OF SPORTS BROADCASTING ICON CRAIG SAGER TAKING PLACE LIVE AND ONLINE AT WWW.JULIENSLIVE.COM ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 20TH, 2023.
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Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, proudly presents “SagerStrong x Bentley: 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible” an exclusive presentation honoring the legendary Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, taking place Monday, February 20, 2023 live following the NBA All-Star game and online at
julienslive.com. All proceeds of this auction will benefit the SagerStrong Foundation to raise funds and support for blood cancer research and trials.
The Continental GT Speed Convertible has been transformed by the Bentley bespoke division, Mulliner, into a piece of art in celebration of the Hall of Fame sports broadcaster’s bright-colored fashion, overarching zest for life and legendary career. The exterior of the car resembles the iconic sport coat that Sager wore during his acceptance of the Jimmy V Foundation's Perseverance Award at the ESPYs in 2016. The team was able to recreate a flower-patterned design, inspired by Sager's sport coat to complement the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible’s iconic shape, including its Power and Haunch lines. A statement of true sporting purpose, the new Continental GT Speed Convertible effortlessly blends style with performance intent. The display pays homage to the broadcasting giant’s infectious personality, eye catching outfits and memorable interviews with some of the NBA’s greatest legends.
The bold presence of the world’s finest open-top Grand Tourer has been enhanced even further with heart felt and unique detailing. The Continental GTC Speed’s hood has further honored Sager’s legacy with over 60 signatures by sport figures and celebrities, including but not limited to National Basketball Association (NBA)’s Steph Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Dikembe Mutombo, Jerry West, Bill Walton, George Gervin, NFL’s Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Warren Moon, MLB’s Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, and many more to be announced with updates on juliensauctions.com. Craig’s wife Stacy Sager has also signed the hood while embroidered headrests in the car allowed Craig to also “sign” posthumously. Before the application of any customizations or autographs, this Bentley Continental Speed had an MSRP of over $382,090.
“Julien’s Auctions is proud to offer this one-of-a-kind world class vehicle, the 2022 Bentley Continental GTC Speed, in memory of the legendary and beloved sports broadcaster Craig Sager,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “His warm reporting style and positive spirit resonated with so many of his fans, colleagues and athletes in the sports world and if ever there was an item that could honor his legacy, it would be this rare and unique automotive masterpiece. We are also pleased to announce that all proceeds of this sale will go towards raising funds for The SagerStrong Foundation and their critical work in blood cancer research and awareness.”
The SAGERSTRONG Foundation was founded in 2016 by former Hall of Fame and two-time Emmy Award Sports Reporter Craig Sager and his wife Stacy, to fund and support blood cancer research and trials, so that one day, leukemia patients and their families will not have to go through the battle they endured.
The Foundation has raised over 2.5 million dollars to help fund blood cancer research, including two clinical trials at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. These important trials support Dr. Naveen Pemmaraju's (Craig's doctor) research with current Myelofibrosis patients and patients with Advanced Myeloproliferative Neoplasms.
For more information on these trials, research, the #SagerStrong Foundation and events, or to make a donation to support this important work, please visit sagerstrongfoundation.org.
For more information on the car please visit https://sagerstrongfoundation.org/bentley-inspired-by-craig-sager-legacy/.
Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s five model lines, Bentayga, Bentayga EWB Continental GT, Continental GT Convertible and Flying Spur. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.
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