Despite the world apparently being hungry for Kate Middleton memorabilia, the Queen-to-be’s old car is yet to attract a single bid on online auction site eBay.
The new Duchess of Cambridge’s old blue Volkswagen Golf, used by a young Kate while she was courting her royal boyfriend (now husband) Prince William during their student years at St Andrews University, was hoped by the current owner,Sonny Brazil, to be snapped up for big bucks.
Instead he was left disappointed by the distinct lack of interest the old car generated.
Kate originally brought her brand new student vehicle in Edinburgh back in 2001 for a respectable Â£10,818. 10 years on and an added 2500 miles on the clock the new owner was hoping the cars royal connection would make it boom in price and fetch a small fortun. He placed a reserve of Â£20,00 in his eBay listing and sat back expecting the bids to come rolling in, instead he witness a very quite night.
However, it was not just Kate Middleton’s rejected car that Mr Brazil considered selling on ebay. He also found a pair of solid silver cuff-links hidden in the car. Told he could easily expect a handsome sum of Â£30,000 for these alone, Mr Brazil, 21, had second thought about selling them, for sentimental reasons.
He said: ‘The cuff-links are no longer for sale, after careful consideration I feel these may have personal connections to the Middleton’s so I have decided to pass them back to the Middleton family.
‘I feel that this is where they belong regardless of any value.’
Mr Brazil concluded that he was set up for a fall after he had his purchase valued.
‘I went to an auction house in Dorset a few weeks ago and they said it would be worth Â£30,000 plus, purely because of the name in the log book.
‘I’m not quite sure who the cuff-links belong to, they might have been William’s or they could have belonged to James.
‘I’ll be selling the car as well as all the receipts for work done on the car and the log book.’
The old four-door saloon was first registered to a young Catherine Middleton in November 2001, just a few months after she and Prince William became good friends.
During her ownership of the VK Kate stocked up approximately 60,000 miles and was often pictured driving it on the way to and from her job as an accessories buyer to top high street chain Jigsaw.
The car also became a backdrop to a famous argument caught on camera where Kate and a traffic warden locked horns over parking a ticket outside her then flat in Chelsea 2007.
It also appears as the gentle duchess had a few minor accidents. The papers show she had to have her wing mirror replaces in 2003 as well as her front headlight fixed after it cracked in 2006.
Although not officially documented, it is said that Kate’s brother James also spent a fair amount of time behind the streering wheel. It is said that Kate handed her younger brother the vehicle in 2007, just a few weeks before it became public that William and Kate had officially split.
The quick change of hands fitted the rumors that after the nasty and emotional brake up, the young Kate was keen to get rid of anything reminding her of her days with Prince William.
A few years later the Middleton family decided to sell the ageing car to their local car part exchange and handed it over to Mr Brazil’s father Al, for a mere Â£1,400.
‘It’s amazing to think I only paid about Â£1,400 pounds for the car and now it’s worth far more than that.
‘I didn’t really drive the car much while I had it and the only thing I have done is put a new set of tyres on.
‘I became quite precious about it and wouldn’t let anyone else drive it, even parking it in a locked garage away from the house in case anyone tried to nick it,’ he said.
‘James was very nice, a real gentleman. At the time I didn’t put two and two together because he didn’t exactly say he was related to Kate but when I noticed the log book and saw the first owner was Catherine Middleton I got quite excited.’
It soon became clear that all the excitement surrounding the previous ownership was all in vain as the final hour of the auction ended on Sunday with no bids or watchers. Looks as thought the old car will stay parked in Mr Brazil’s garage for the time being.