A Ford Escort given as an engagement gift to the Prince of Wales Diana, Princess of Wales, sold for £ 52,640 at auction after the current owner kept the car’s origins a secret for 20 years. Interview with: Lewis Rabett from Reeman Dansie Auctions. The vehicle was sold to a telephone bidder in an online auction by Reeman Dansie of Colchester, Essex, for £ 52,640 on Tuesday. The hammer price was £ 47,000, exceeding the pre-auction estimate of £ 30,000 to £ 40,000. Lady Diana Spencer received the 1981 silver 1.6-liter Ghia sedan from Charles two months before her wedding. She often drove it to watch the prince play polo, and the bonnet features a silver frog – a copy of the original mascot given to the princess by her sister Sarah, which Diana kept when the car was sold.