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Kate Middleton’s 2001 Volkswagen Golf with 62,000 miles on it, sold for a whopping $74,500 as the Sunday bidding closed on the eBay auction site.
Five bidders fought over the Golf for the last 10 days, and ten minutes before the end of the auction, one person shelled out 48,100 pounds ( $78,383 USD) for the used vehicle. The book value of the 10-year-old Golf is about $5,700 and a brand new Golf sells for $24,000.
Kate Middleton bought the Golf in 2001 while attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and she owned it until 2007 Kate passed the car onto her brother James, who later sold it to 21 year old Sonny Brazil.
“I do believe this will be the best piece of royal history anyone could have,” said Sonny Brazil. Brazil originally said he would include a pair of silver cufflinks found in the car, but has since changed his mind and decided to return them to the Middleton family.
[Source: The Toronto Star]
You couldn’t ask for a better time to sell Kate Middleton’s car than right now, just after her royal wedding. The current owner of the indigo blue, three-door 2001 Volkswagen Golf, Sonny Brazil, who lives close to the Middleton’s home in Berkshire, England is auctioning off the car via Ebay. Brazil, 21, bought the car for $2,300 (£1,400) in 2009 after Kate, 29, gave the Golf to her brother James.
The car currently has 62,000 miles on the odometer of which Middleton put on 60,000. Kate had the mirror replaced in 2003 and one of the front headlights fixed in 2006. According to an auction house in Dorset, England, the VW is valued at an estimated $48,000, with the starting bid set at $32,000. Along with the car, Brazil will include a pair of sterling silver cufflinks he found inside the car. ”They might have been William’s or they could have belonged to James,” he says. ”It’s amazing to think I only paid about £1,400 for the car,” Brazil said. “And now it’s worth far more than that.”
The wedding of the year may be over, but you can still drive around like a royal. It’s not the actual car that William and Kate rode around in after they were married, but you can buy the next best thing. Two Aston Martin DB6 convertibles similar to the one owned by Prince Charles will be hitting the auction block.
Set to take place on May 21 at Aston Martin’s factory at Newport Pagnell, U.K., each of the DB6′s will set you back about £250,000 (US$411,000). If you’re really hankering for one, be warned: you’re up against some tough competition. “At least two billionaires have been buying Aston Martins aggressively over the last three or four years,” said Dietrich Hatlapa, founder of Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI), a London-based research company. “The royal wedding confirmed the car as a British institution, though it’s difficult to quantify what effect that will have.”
Also on the auction block with be a few Bond mementos. You can buy a replica of the DBS that George Lazenby drove in the 1969 film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”(a steal at £70,000). There’s also a V8 Volante convertible that Timothy Dalton drove in 1987’s “The Living Daylights” (estimated to go for £100,000).
Prince William chose an environmentally friendly way to show off his new bride by leaving Buckingham Palace in his father’s vintage Aston Martin DB6 MK II.
While Prince Charles is a noted gearhead, he’s also extremely passionate about environmental causes, and has had the Aston retrofitted to run on E85 made from “wine wastage”. Prince Charles has owned the car since 1969, but is also known to drive an Audi A8 and an Audi Allroad station wagon.
Alarm set for ungodly early hour: check. Good china set out to enjoy tea and crumpets while watching the royal wedding: check. Perfect ride to celebrate the nuptials of the year: check. Wave a stately hand out of the window to your adoring subjects as you drive the Swarovski-studded MINI Cooper S, in celebration of Kate and William’s wedding.
The king of bling, otherwise known as the Royal MINI Cooper, was designed by Berlin-based company Bling My Thing, who teamed up with Swarovski for this majestic work of art. Adorned with 300,000 Swarovski touches applied by hand, it will brighten up the rainiest British day.
To make its grand entrance, the Royal MINI Cooper was presented by a Royal look-alike couple last Saturday in Westfield, London. Flaunting SwanFlower patterns on the body (made from different sized crystals as small as 1.8mm), the entire roof is covered with thousands of crystals that come together to form the Union Jack.
And what do we have to say about this car? We are not amused.
Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton is not the only Royal wedding on the calendar this year, as Monaco’s Prince Albert II (53) is set to marry South African Olympic backstroke swimmer Charlene Wittstock (33) on July 2, 2011.
In a statement released by Lexus, they mentioned that the prince “takes a keen interest in encouraging innovative solutions for environmental protection and sustainable development around the world, founding the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2006. His Foundation supports more than 150 projects monitoring environmental evolution and protecting species endangered by climate change.”
The prince has long been a supporter of hybrid and electric mobility solutions and offers a massive tax credit to anyone who chooses to buy an electric car, although most well-to-do residents of this principality still prefer to drive around in exotic luxury vehicles.
Lexus failed to mention which hybrid models it will use to chauffeur the newly weds, but anything less than a LS600hL would be shocking.