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Princess Diana’s 1985 Ford Escort nets over $850K at auction

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Princess Diana’s beloved 1985 Ford Escort was sold for greater than $850,000 at a UK auction held Saturday.

The automobile, owned by the People’s Princess from 1985 to 1988, was sold off after a “fierce bidding” battle, Silverstone Auctions said. The bid got here in at 650,000 kilos, or $764,000; the extra 12.5% buyer’s premium catapulted the ultimate price tag to an eye-popping $851,070.

Silverstone said days before bidding the automobile was expected to sell for greater than $118,000, or 100,000 kilos.

The Ford Escort was owned by Diana between 1985-1988. Tim Graham Photo Library via Get

The car was personally made for the princess by Ford to be more discrete.Princess Diana’s 1985 Ford Escort sold for greater than $850,000 at a UK auction Saturday.AP

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert takes bids for the 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo previously owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, under the hammer at Silverstone Classics at the Silverstone Race Circuit near Towcester, Northamptonshire, and which sold for £650,000. Picture date: Saturday August 27, 2022. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert takes bids for Diana’s 1985 Ford Escort on Saturday. PA Images via Getty Images

The vehicle was typically made in white, but was customized for her, painted in black on the request of the royal family police guard “for discretion.”

The late princess was seen driving the automobile around Chelsea and Kensington before she returned it to Ford with about 6,800 miles on it.

“All the opposite members of the royal family could be driving around London within the back … of an official automobile … and she or he’s driving in a automobile … that you just would see on a housing estate not outside the palace.” Arwel Richards, a classic automobile specialist at Silverstone Auctions told Reuters a number of days ago.

A video posted by Richards on Twitter Saturday showed a crowd of individuals applaud after the ultimate bid was accepted at Silverstone’s racing circuit.

The unique ride had multiple owners after Princess Diana and has about 25,000 miles on it.

The brand new owner of the automobile was not identified by Silverstone.

Last 12 months, one other Ford Escort utilized by the late Princess of Wales sold for $61,100 or 52,000 kilos.

The auction comes every week before the twenty fifth anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death when a limo the 36-year-old was a passenger in crashed in a Paris tunnel to avoid paparazzi chasing her on motorbikes.

With Post wires.

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