Only days before the 25th anniversary of her death, a car driven by Princess Diana in the 1980s Saturday sold for 650,000 pounds ($764,000) at auction.

According to classic car auction house, Silverstone Auctions, there was “fierce bidding” for the black Ford Escort RS Turbo before the sale closed, adding that the U.K. buyer, whose name was not disclosed, paid a 12.5% buyer’s premium on top of the selling price for the car which has just under 25,000 miles on it.

Diana’s admirers around the world are preparing to mark a quarter century since she died in a high-speed car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.

Diana drove the Escort from 1985 to 1988 and was photographed with it outside boutique shops in Chelsea as well as restaurants in Kensington. 

Diana preferred to drive her own car with a member of her security team in the passenger seat.

The RS Turbo Series 1 was typically manufactured in white but she got it in black so as to be more discreet. 

Ford also added features for her security such as a second rear-view mirror for the protection officer.

Last year, another Ford Escort that Diana drove sold at auction for 52,000 pounds ($61,100).


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