Reserve not met on Duchess of Cambridge’s former car on eBay


25 Jul 2011

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s former car, a 2001 blue VW Golf that has been up for sale on eBay, has attracted 23 bids and a closing bid of £48,100 (€54,581). However, because the last bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, the car may or may not have been sold.

A reserve price is the lowest price at which a seller is willing to sell his or her item on eBay. If a seller doesn’t want to sell an item below a certain price, the seller can a set a reserve price. The amount of a reserve price is not disclosed to bidders, but they will see the auction-style listing has a reserve price and whether or not the reserve has been met. If a bidder does not meet that price, a seller is not obligated to sell the item.

The car, which both the then-Kate Middleton and Prince William have driven, had a starting bid of £20,000 (€22,782).

The three-door, manual-transmission car comes with a 1,390 cc engine and has accumulated 62,000 miles. Middleton had registered the vehicle on 27 November 2001, shortly after she met Prince William.

Sonny Brazil is the car’s current owner, and he lives near the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England. He had purchased the car from the family in April 2009 for about £1,426 (€1,625).

"I do believe this will be the best piece of Royal History anyone could have," Brazil wrote in the eBay listing.

Kate wasn’t the only Middleton to own the car, however – after she was done with it, her brother, James, took ownership of the VW Golf.

Photo: The 2001 VW Golf previously owned by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge