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October 24, 2013

Duke of Windsor's Cadillac coming to NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A 1941 Cadillac custom-built for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is heading for a New York City auction.

Dubbed "The Duchess," the limousine features rose-colored broadcloth upholstery, four jewelry cases and three cigar lighters.

It's estimated to fetch between $500,000 to $800,000. It is being sold Nov. 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 for it.

One of the first Cadillacs to have power windows, it's fitted with satin privacy curtains.

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

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

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