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Princess Diana's 'Shame Bike' put up for auction

Will Strickson
7 Apr 2021

Raleigh Traveller sold by Diana after royal officials said it was 'unfit for a Princess' is expected to fetch £20,000

Princess Diana's 1970s Raleigh Traveller will be up for auction later this month. It was previously sold for £9,200 in 2018 and given a recent rise in interest for Royal memorabilia – especially after the latest series of The Crown focussed on Diana – it is expected to go for more than double that price.

Before her marriage to Prince Charles, Diana rode the bike around London and left it chained to the railings outside her Kensington flat – unsurprisingly one of the wheels was once stolen overnight, which she described as 'very irritating'.

Truly the People's Princess.

However after she got engaged to Charles, officials ordered her to stop riding it as it was 'unfit for a princess', leading the retro blue bike to be dubbed the 'Shame Bike'.

The lot, which is being auctioned online by Burstow & Hewett on 28th April, also includes a newspaper clipping from 1981 as well as a letter from Gerald Stonehill – who purchased it from Diana – which claims Diana hoped the sale would be kept private to hide the news that it was considered 'inconsistent with her future status'.

Burstow & Hewett also believes that recent headlines surrounding Meghan Markle and her alleged treatment by the Royal Family will bump the price up further.

It isn't the only bike of Diana's that has been auctioned off either, in 2007 her Tracker child's bike was sold for £1,200.

For more information on the lastest auction, visit burstowandhewett.co.uk

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