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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' BMW Sold

18 December 2000

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' BMW Bavaria Sells for More Than $57,000
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 18 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis'
former 1974 BMW Bavaria 3.0S was purchased on eBay Motors on Monday, December 11, 
for $57,100.  The auto was listed by premier collector
car auction company Kruse International on behalf of the seller, who wishes to
remain anonymous. The listing was very popular and showed high bidding
activity, finally receiving 67 bids over the course of the 10-day sale.

    The buyer, who prefers to remain anonymous, is an amateur car collector
who lives in the Midwest.  He purchased the car as a surprise gift for his
wife, who has long been an avid fan of the former First Lady's grace, style
and accomplishments. They plan to keep the BMW in their private collection,
sharing its history with family and friends.  The buyer has also purchased two
other autos on eBay Motors, a 1912 Ford Model T and a 1937 Cord Beverly sedan.

    "Mrs. Onassis was one of those very special people whose wisdom and beauty
changed history and the lives of so many," said the buyer. "Owning something
that was a direct part of such a famous personality brings us much closer to
the reality that was Jackie."

    Along with the purchase of the car, the buyer received six photos of Mrs.
Onassis and the car, including one photograph of her receiving a parking
ticket while in the BMW, as well as the original title, which is dated and
signed by Mrs. Onassis.

    The BMW was purchased new in 1974 by the former First Lady when she was
married to Aristotle Onassis. A green sedan with tan leather interior and an
odometer reading of 65,000 miles, it is purported to be Jackie Onassis'
favorite car. She used it exclusively to commute between her Manhattan
apartment and her country estate in New Jersey until she sold it to her
neighbor in New Jersey.