Bikram Choudhury’s million-dollar car collection hits auction block
The father of hot yoga sure loved his hot rods.
After years of collecting dust in Miami warehouse, roughly half of accused rapist Bikram Choudhury’s gorgeous car collection can now be viewed online. Auction house RM Sotheby’s has posted pictures of 22 of Choudhury’s stunning antique cars on its website ahead of an auction that the yogi, 76, allegedly tried to thwart.
Marketing materials for the March 20 and 21 auction at the Palm Beach International Raceway boast of five Bentleys and a dozen Rolls-Royces dating back as far as 1937, including a 1961 Phantom V Touring Limousine worth as much as $90,000.
There’s also a rare 1969 Intermeccanica Murena 429 GT — the first of just 10 ever built, the auction house says. The Italian sport wagon is powered by a Ford V8 engine and boasts a red and white leather interior, according to the listing.
RM Sotheby’s estimates the soon-to-be-sold cars are worth $850,000 to $1.1 million altogether, auction house spokeswoman Meghan McGrail said. They’re being offered without reserve, meaning they’ll be sold regardless of price.
As The Post reported earlier this month, the sale will come about three months after Miami police seized the prized cars at a warehouse where Choudhury allegedly stashed them more than three years ago amid a torrent of legal complaints from women accusing him of sexual harassment and other misconduct.
The auction is being conducted at the behest of Robbin Itkin, the bankruptcy trustee in charge of repaying Choudhury’s creditors, including a group of women who have won millions of dollars in judgments against him.
Choudhury — whose practice once lured celebrity disciples like Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Jenny McCarthy — is believed to own even more high-end cars that have yet to be tracked and seized. The trustee has said she is working to locate the cars and has blasted Choudhury in court papers for continuing to profit off his signature yoga method at a luxe Mexican resort — even though that money should go to his creditors.
Los Angeles TV station ABC7 reported earlier this month that the yogi is now trapped in Mexico, where his passport was seized as he stiffed the Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel in Acapulco on a $180,000 bill. Choudhury has paid part of the hotel bill but may still be without his passport, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Post.
A lawyer for Choudhury, Carolyn Dye, declined to comment for this story. A spokeswoman for the hotel declined to comment because of confidentiality concerns.
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