PHOTOS | Diana's Ford Escort sold to South American museum

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Princess Diana in her Ford Escort would often sit and watch Prince Charles playing polo at Windsor.
Princess Diana in her Ford Escort would often sit and watch Prince Charles playing polo at Windsor.
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A Ford Escort that once belonged to Diana, princess of Wales, was sold on Tuesday to a South American museum for more than $69 200 (R993 000).

The silver 1.6L Ghia saloon was given by Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer as an engagement present in May 1981, two months before their fairytale wedding at St Paul's Cathedral.

The vehicle, which was bought at auction by an antiques dealer in 1982, was sold to a telephone bidder.

Lewis Rabett, of Reeman Dansie Auctions in Colchester, southeast England, said the successful bidder was a museum in South America, where the car will now be shipped.

"The interest has been considerable pre-auction. Ending up in South America is testament to the level of interest globally that there has been in the car," he added.

The car still has its original British registration plate WEV 297W, paint and upholstery and has 133,575 kilometres on the clock.

It had been expected to sell for between $40 000 and $50 000.

Diana died aged 36 in a high-speed car crash in Paris in August 1997 as she tried to escape paparazzi photographers on motorbikes.

Her sons, princes William and Harry, will on Thursday unveil a new statue at her former Kensington Palace home in London on what would have been her 60th birthday.

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Princess Diana
Princess Diana driving her Ford Escort on a visit to St Mary's School in Tetbury. In the passenger seat is her police bodyguard, Graham Smith.
Princess Diana, Prince Charles
Princess Diana in her Ford Escort would often sit and watch Prince Charles playing polo at Windsor.
Princess Diana
A leaping frog hood ornament on the Ford Escort car owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, which was given to her as an engagement present from Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. The mascot is thought to reference the fairytale 'The Frog Prince' about the girl who kisses a frog and he turns into a Prince.

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