You can buy Princess Diana’s childhood bike as chopper goes up for auction

You could become the proud owner of Princess Diana's childhood Tracker 'chopper' bicycle which she rode on her family estate during 1970s – for just £30,000.

The bike, which was made by the Trusty Manufacturing Co was once owned by Prince Harry and William's mum's childhood housekeeper, Maudie Pendrey.

Sold at auction many years ago, and then displayed in a museum, the current owners hope to find it a new home with a Royal Family enthusiast and have put it up for auction.

The Tracker was a copy of the famous Raleigh Chopper of the period – one of the most popular toys of the 1970s.

The bike also comes along with a Christmas card dated 1994 that Diana sent to the housekeeper.

Being offered by East Bristol Auctions next week, the bike is expected to fetch between twenty and thirty thousand pounds.

Toy Specialist Lucy McCourt said: "It's a really important piece of memorabilia.

"Diana was the 'people's Princess,' and this is a chance to own a personal piece of her history. This is far from just a run-of-the-mill child's bicycle!"

The bicycle is said to remain in very good condition, although does show some signs of being played with.

"One can almost imagine the young Diana riding around her childhood country estate on this," Lucy added.

"And there is naturally a tinge of sadness to it also."

Documents link the bicycle back to an auction held by Lord and Lady Spencer.

There it was purchased by Mrs Pendrey – the Althorp Estate Housekeeper, who had been in service there for some thirty years.

The bicycle was then sold at auction in the early 2000s, whereafter it spent several years on display in a museum, along with other memorabilia, before being passed over to its current owners.

Diana memorabilia has seen a surge in popularity recently. In May a blue bike used by Diana whilst she lived in London sold for £44,000, and in June her Ford Escort sold for £55,000.

The bicycle goes under the hammer on July 24 on the second day of East Bristol's Specialist Toy Collectors Auction.

The lot can be viewed on their website.

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