A Ford Escort that once belonged to Princess Diana has been bought by a museum in South America for more than £ 52,000.
It received the silver 1.6 Ghia sedan by the Prince of Wales as an engagement gift in May 1981, two months before their wedding.
He became well known because Diane often drove him to watch Charles play polo.
The hood features a silver frog, a copy of the original mascot given to the princess by her sister Sarah and which Diana kept when she sold the car.
The princess stopped using the vehicle soon after giving birth to Prince william in 1982 and it was later bought for £ 6,000 by an antique dealer.
She belonged to a royal fan for twenty years, who only drove her sparingly without revealing her story to her friends.
The car was auctioned online by Reeman Dansie Auctions, of Colchester, Essex, to a telephone bidder for £ 52,640 including VAT and premium.
The hammer price was £ 47,000, exceeding the pre-auction estimate of £ 30,000-40,000.
Lewis Rabett, of the auction house, said the winning bid came from a museum in South America and the car would be shipped there.
“There was considerable interest ahead of the auction,” he said.
“Finishing in South America is a testament to the level of global interest in the car.
“It’s also a testament to Diana and her lasting legacy.”
The car still bears its original registration, WEV 297W, as well as its original paint and upholstery, and has 83,000 miles on the odometer.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-29 10:54:00