By Emma Dooney
Princess Diana's iconic 'shame bike' will be sold at auction later this month, with bidding expected to start at £20,000.
- Princess Diana's 'shame bike' will go up for auction at the end of April, after years in hiding.
- The late princess was forced to sell her iconic blue bicycle by the Royal Family when she married Prince Charles.
- In other royal news, the Queen will reopen Buckingham Palace to visitors this month.
Princess Diana's beloved 'shame bike' will soon have a new owner.
The Ladies Raleigh Traveller bicycle was cherished by the late Princess of Wales, who used it to zip around London before she married Prince Charles. She was frequently snapped by paparazzi riding the 1970s model on route to Young England Kindergarten, the Pimlico nursery where she worked after leaving school.
Despite its minimal worth at the time, Diana was fiercely protective of her three-gear two-wheeler. She once revealed the front tyre of it was stolen after she left it tied to her Knightsbridge flat's gates overnight, an incident she described as 'very irritating.'
Unfortunately, thieves weren't the only people getting in the way of Diana's cycling. The princess's beloved vehicle was dubbed the 'shame bike' by the tabloids after royal officials allegedly advised her to stop using it. Diana was reportedly told the bicycle was not suitable for a lady in the British monarchy and instructed to use alternative forms of transportation.
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With no say in the matter, Diana discreetly sold the bike to a friend of her father's, who kept it stashed in his garage until 2008. Unsurprisingly, the memorabilia is worth a huge amount today. It last sold at an auction in 2018 for a whopping £9,200 and is expected to sell at more than double that when it goes under the hammer again at the end of the month.
The successful bidder will receive not just any old bicycle, but a physical reminder of the late princess's oppression. According to auctioneers Burstow and Hewett, the bike represents 'something she loved being taken away; and control over her public appearance for the reputation of what is deemed acceptable for a lady of the British Royal Family.'
The auction will be live-streamed on April 28 at 10 am by Burstow and Hewett Auctioneers.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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