Friday, May 25, 2007

Blair Car Sells for £4,150 on Ebay

Tony Blair's eBay legacy started today as a car that once belonged to the Blairs sold on eBay.co.uk for £4,150 (not much higher than the normal second hand price) … but he still trails Thatcher and Churchill in the eBay popularity stakes.

Prompted by the sale, eBay.co.uk conducted comprehensive research to draw up a league of Prime Ministerial popularity since the Second World War according to the volume and type of memorabilia available on the site.

Blair’s 1997 Chrysler Grand Voyager (with a log book registering it to 10 Downing Street) sold after 11 bids had been placed on the site. The car, advertised as having two drop-down TV screens, a video player, a Nintendo games machine and a fridge, has completed 87,500 miles. It looks like the buyers have picked up a bargain with the purchase.

Richard Kanareck, spokesperson for eBay.co.uk said: "Compared to other prime ministerial memorabilia, this buyer has picked up a bargain. When you think that Margaret Thatcher's eBay legacy is a handbag selling for over £100,000, the legacies of Tony Blair's premiership are looking like a good deal at this stage."


Judging by quantity of available products alone, Winston Churchill flies into first place with more than twice as many than the next contender Margaret Thatcher. John Major limps into fourth place, just in front of Harold Wilson, with a mere 45 items currently listed.

The "Most Valuable" round saw some extraordinary figures. A set of signed, first edition "The Second World War" books, by Churchill is currently listed at £10,000. A hard back copy of John Major’s autobiography recently sold for £3.19 but Margaret Thatcher proves unbeatable as the record holder for the most expensive item sold for charity on eBay.co.uk. In July 2000, her handbag was bought for £103,000 with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care.

The eBay Prime Ministerial League of Popularity:

1. Winston Churchill
2. Margaret Thatcher
3. Tony Blair
4. John Major
5. Harold Wilson

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Neil Kinnock is my particular interest, but I can find nothing. Funny that.

do you like bunnies? said...

It is a little known fact that Saddam Hussein sold off all of his WMD on e-bay.

Roger Thornhill said...

Prolly needed a new passenger seat, seeing as the previous one had to handle that enormous arse.

arthur daley said...

So how much did you get for your last Audi?

Iain Dale said...

I decided to keep it in the end. I want the new A5 Coupe but it is not out till July. And the automatic won't be available until November. Was going to look at one today, but the dealership has had a fire so I couldn't go!

Anonymous said...

Hi Iain, Can it be right that BBC News 24 mention Robert Murat as a suspect even though the Potugese Police have not named anyone?

tachybaptus said...

Signs from heaven that you should hold back from one of the current models with Cherie Blair's mouth.

Anonymous said...

So have you got your invite yet from Jeremy Clarkson?

Anonymous said...

Maybe some baddy will get it next and maybe pull a robbery ,with bliars fingerprints all over the car maybe just maybe,well I can dream.

Ross F said...

It would have gone for £6000 if it weren't for the Blair connection.

teddy's boy said...

No-one had any interest in Heath memorabilia? No, I suppose not...

Anonymous said...

I'm gutted. I would have offered at least £4,150.50.

Chris Paul said...

The 10k for the signed set is an asking price from a trader which is unlikely to be reached.

LOL blogged Lady T's eBay status, and jeered rather at Fawkes for pointing out she was still in the papers quite a lot.

Neil craig said...

Bet Hitler tops them all in value though not in numbers.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if whoever bought it had it exorcised before they would use it.

Chris Paul said...

In fact my earliest post on Maggie and ebay was last December pre-dating the other two.