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Pride and joy... U2's Daimler is set to carry brides to church in star style

ONE U2 fan certainly found what they were looking for -- a car used by their idols at a bargain basement price.

The 1985 vehicle which ferried the superstars between gigs before they hit the big time may now be used to get brides to the church on time.

The 4.2 litre Daimler Sovereign previously owned by Principal Management was put up for auction in Tralee earlier this month, but no fan came forward with the €10,000 reserve price.

However, Tom O'Connell of Kerry Auction Rooms told the Herald that a sum was negotiated following the auction with a private bidder.

Mr O'Connell said that in spite of the buzz surrounding the unique car, it failed to raise the expected sum, which was tipped at being close to €20,000.

"There was a good deal of interest. In the end, it was bought by a car company. I would imagine that they will restore and use it as a wedding car.

"I'm surprised it didn't make the minimum bid, but in the financial climate we're in at the moment, you can't be surprised of anything."

He explained that the band were just carving out a name for themselves when they were using the car.

"We have been scratching around trying to get a picture of the band in the car but we have had no luck but apparently Bono used to take the car in to be serviced himself," said Mr O'Connell.

And although they are hailed as one of the biggest bands in the world, 2010 is not the year for U2 auctions.

A New York-based auction house, which had expected to raise €40,000 earlier this year by selling items owned by the band, raised just €10,000.