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Tuesday, August 4, 1998 Published at 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK


Diana's car being sold to a museum

The silver Ford Escort would be worth 600 without the royal connection

A Ford Escort given to Diana, Princess of Wales, as an engagement present from Prince Charles is to be sold to an American museum.

The W-registration 1981 Ford Escort Ghia, with a distinctive silver frog fitted to the bonnet, was advertised for sale on the Internet by its antiques dealer owner, Keith Lawson.

He said that despite an offer of 2m and bids from the celebrities Mike Tyson and Stephen King he wanted the car to go to a museum.

[ image: The car's starting price in the Internet auction was $200,000]
The car's starting price in the Internet auction was $200,000
He eventually agreed to sell it through a classic car trader in California to an American museum.

The sale is expected to be completed shortly, but Mr. Lawson said he would not reveal the price and did not know the museum's name.

"We wanted the car to be seen by everyone. They offered a lower figure but we decided to accept it because they will put it on public display," Mr. Lawson said.

Calling it the "most sought after car of the decade" the Internet advert gave the highest offer received as $635,000.

'Good original condition'

The advertisement describes the car as in good original condition and available to be exhibited immediately.

It also mentions that gowns sold just prior to Diana's death were now being re-offered for more than $500,000.

Mr. Lawson from Norfolk said he bought the car for 6,000 in 1995 as a birthday present for his daughter. However, after Diana's death she had no longer wanted to drive it.

The car has travelled 80,000 miles and would only be worth about 600 without the royal connection.

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