Diana’s car up for auction as 25th anniversary of her death approaches

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A car driven by Princess Diana in the 1980s was sold at auction on Saturday for £650,000 ($764,000), just days before the 25th anniversary of her death

LONDON — A car driven by Princess Diana in the 1980s was auctioned off on Saturday for £650,000 ($764,000), just days before the 25th anniversary of her death.

Silverstone Auctions said there were “fierce bids” for the black Ford Escort RS Turbo before the sale closed. The British buyer, whose name was not disclosed, paid a buyer’s premium of 12.5% ​​on top of the sale price, according to the classic car auction house.

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Britain and Diana’s admirers around the world are preparing to mark a quarter of a century after her death. She died in a high-speed car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Diana rode the Escort from 1985 to 1988. She was photographed with it at Chelsea boutiques and restaurants in Kensington. She preferred to drive her own car, with a member of her security team in the passenger seat.

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The RS Turbo Series 1 was usually made in white, but she got it in black to be more discreet. Ford also added amenities for its safety, such as a second rear-view mirror for the security officer.

The car has just under 25,000 km on the clock.

Last year, another Ford Escort using Diana sold at auction for £52,000 ($61,100).

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