Columbus, OH'Real-estate developer Richard J. Solove isn't worried about being forgotten when he dies.
His generous gift of 13 rare Rolls-Royce cars to be auctioned later this year to help fund the fight against cancer pretty much guarantees he'll be remembered for a long time.
Solove, 82, is already well known at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, OH for his $20 million gift in 1998. But he hopes to add $15 million or more to his contribution through the August auction of his Rolls Royce collection in Pebble Beach, Calif.
According to a recently published article in The Columbus Dispatch, all the profits will be poured into the James Cancer Hospital and its partners, the Richard J. Solove Research Institute and the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The donation isn't a new idea for Solove, hhe planned for years to will the cars to the hospital, which he helped establish in the 1980s.
But as he grew older, Solove decided to part with the automobiles while he could still revel in the stir the rare sale will cause and in the satisfaction of making a dent in the war against cancer.
At this moment, he's the only person in the United States who owns Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost models from the years 1907 to 1915. The one he most recently acquired, the 1908, was bought in February for a little more than $1 million.
The sale of his collection is expected to attract worldwide attention when it goes on sale Aug. 19 at the Pebble Beach Auction.
For more information about the Solove Rolls-Royce collection, check out the entire article in The Columbus Dispatch by clicking HERE.
Or, take a look at Solove's collection at:www.jamesline.com/news/solove.