The bright red Tracker bicycle manufactured by Trust Manufacturing Co. that young Diana Spencer rode around her family’s estate in Althorpe will go up for sale within a week.
The next owner of the bike after Diana was the Spencers’ housekeeper, Maudie Pendry, who bought it as a memento of Lady Dee’s childhood. After Maudie’s death, her son sold the bicycle to the House On The Hill toy museum in Stansted, where it has remained until now. “It’s a really important memorabilia,” said toy specialist Lucy McCourt, “Diana was the ‘people’s princess,’ and this is a chance to be a direct participant in her story. This is a far cry from an ordinary children’s bicycle!”
Preliminary estimates put the cost of the bike at £20,000 to £30,000 ($27,700 to $41,600). We also know that in addition to the main lot will be attached a Christmas card from 1994, signed by the princess herself and addressed to Maudie Pendry.
To recap, Diana’s June auction featured a Ford Escort, which was a gift on the occasion of her engagement. The lot went under the hammer for 52.6 thousand pounds sterling (more than 73 thousand dollars).