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Duke of Windsor's 1941 Cadillac for sale

Published 24/10/2013 | 12:47

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In this photo provided by Sotheby's, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 in New York, is a 1941 Cadillac owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Dubbed "The Duchess," the limousine was custom designed by General Motors for the former king of England and his American wife. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
1941 Cadillac owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
This photo provided by Sotheby's, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 in New York, shows the steering wheel of a 1941 Cadillac. Dubbed "The Duchess," the limousine was custom designed by General Motors for the former king of England and his American wife. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
Dubbed "The Duchess," the limousine was custom designed by General Motors for the former king of England and his American wife
In this photo provided by Sotheby's, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 in New York, the royal crest for the Duke of Windsor is on the steering wheel of a 1941 Cadillac. Dubbed "The Duchess," the limousine was custom designed by General Motors for the former king of England and his American wife. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
The royal crest for the Duke of Windsor is on the steering wheel of a 1941 Cadillac

A 1941 Cadillac custom-built for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is to be auctioned in New York City.

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Dubbed The Duchess, the limousine features rose-coloured broadcloth upholstery, four jewellery cases and three cigar lighters.

It's estimated to fetch between 500,000 and 800,000 dollars (£309,000 to £494,000) when it is sold on November 21 by Sotheby's and RM Auctions.

General Motors delivered the limo to the Windsors at the Waldorf Astoria, where they had a suite. The duke paid 14,000 (£8,700) for it.

It was one of the first Cadillacs to have power windows and is fitted with satin privacy curtains.

It's being sold with the car title bearing the duke's signature.

The current owner is an Alabama food critic and Cadillac collector. Morgan Murphy found it in a barn next to a tractor in Texas in 2005.

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