Princess Diana’s children’s bicycle to be auctioned off

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).