A 1941 Cadillac Custom Limousine designed for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor has just been added to the roster for RM Auctions and Sotheby’s exclusive Art of the Automobile sale in New York on November 21.
The dandified duke spent the equivalent of about $230,000 in today’s dollars on the car known as “The Duchess,” at at the time, an astronomical sum.
Used during their periods of residence in New York, the art deco masterpiece is upholstered entirely in rose-colored custom broadcloth, with custom-dyed Wilton wool carpet to match set against custom walnut finishes for the doors, cabinetry and divider window.
Additional bespoke touches include four brushed stainless-steel, velvet-lined jewelry cases to carry the duchess’s famous baubles.
And for the duke, three cigar lighters, two ashtrays, a humidor and custom pipe rack.
The crowning touch, so to speak: chrome Windsor “W.E.” monograms.
Worth today up to about $800,000, according to the auctioneers.
Did someone say Christmas shopping…
- Posted October 24, 2013
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- Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions