Auction of the Cars of Nawab of Bahawalpur
The auction took place at Sadiq Garh Palace, Dera Nawab on 9th May 2004 placed by the family of Nawab of Bahawalpur under the supervision of a sub-committee. This sub-committee included Bahawalpur DO (Revenue) Waseem Shamshad, former EDO (Revenue) and chairman Abdul Ghafoor Bhatti, Ahmedpur East DDO (Revenue) Ahmed Ghazi Amanullah Khan and Safron representatives Zahid Siddiqui, Shehbaz Ahmed. The auction in a sense was a wise decision regarding the poor condition of the vehicles because those auctioned vehicles now have found caring owners.
Generated Income: The auction included 14 Rolls Royce, Renault, Cadillac and other costly historical cars of nawab of Bahawalpur. A total of 26 vehicles which generated over Rs. 10 million approximately was distributed among 23 legal heirs and descendants.
MNA Sahibzada Farooq Anwar Abbasi bought a Chrysler for Rs. 3 Lac 30 Thousands, a Renault for Rs. 0.9 million and a Rolls Royce for Rs. 3.4 million in which Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the last viceroy of the subcontinent had traveled together. This bid of Rs. 3.4 million for the Rolls Royce car was actually the highest bid of the auction.
Sahibzada Umar Daud Abbasi was another successful bidder who bought 3 Rolls Royce cars which included the Rolls Royce (armoured). He got all three Rolls Royce cars in 5.61 million approximately.
Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi purchased a Jaguar for Rs. 0.5 million and a Baby Austin for Rs. 17,000 only.
Azizur Rashid Abbasi purchased a Cadillac car for Rs. 1 million.
Dr. Rahimya Abbasi took an Arm Strong Sydney car for Rs. 320,000 only.
Former Federal Minister Prince Saeedul Rashid Abbasi was announced the final bidder for a Chrysler car worth Rs 0.5 million.
High Court Stay Order: According to the stay order by the respected High Court a Rolls Royce car called “Darbari”, a Cadillac and a Jaguar could not be auctioned. The reason mentioned was that these cars were in personal use of His Highness the late Nawab of Bahawalpur.
The auction of some vehicles and buggies was postponed till next day because it could not completed till late night.