Princess Diana’s childhood bike is up for auction
An iconic royal childhood toy is now on sale: Princess Diana’s bicycle. The late Princess of Wales rode the Trusty Manufacturing Co. 1970s bike while growing up in Althorp, the home of the Spencer family. The red and chrome Tracker ‘Chopper’ style bike is up for auction via East Bristol Auctions and is expected to sell for between £ 20,000 and £ 30,000. The live auction will take place July 23-24.
According to the auction site, the bike once belonged to Maudie Pendrey, housekeeper at Althorp. Pendrey bought the toy for £ 20 when Earl John Spencer (Diana’s father) and Countess Raine Spencer (Diana’s stepmother) offered it up for auction. After Pendrey passed away, her son sold the bike in 2007, and it was then, until recently, on display at the House On The Hill Toy Museum in Essex, England.
In this sale, the bike will be accompanied by a Christmas card personally signed by the Princess of Wales. The note also includes a photo of Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“Mrs. Pendrey, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year 1994. I kiss you, Diana,” the post read.
The bike also includes original invoices and newspaper clippings from the 2007 sale. A bright red two-wheeler, the Chopper bike is said to be “in very good original condition”, even retaining the tires, saddle and wheels. original chrome fenders.
Toy specialist Lucy McCourt said Bristol Live, “Diana was the ‘People’s Princess,’ and it’s a chance to own a personal piece of her story. It’s far from just an ordinary kid’s bike! Childhood area about it. ” She also noted, given Diana’s death at the age of 36, that “there is naturally a tinge of sadness to [the bike] also.”
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