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Merkel's first Golf sells for €10,000 on Ebay

The Local · 1 May 2012, 12:49

Published: 01 May 2012 12:49 GMT+02:00

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The buyer purchased the run-down vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf II, via an Ebay auction, according to Ebay spokesperson Sabrina Winter.

It was roughly in line with what the seller expected, though much more than other comparable vehicles from less famous owners could expect to fetch. The Golf is 22 years old and has roughly 190,000 kilometres on the clock.

“We’re pleased that someone who has a serious interest in the vehicle is getting it,” Winter told the paper.

Ebay had previously held an auction for the Golf in mid-April, but it was canceled due to too many offers, many of which were deemed to be not serious. At that time the highest offer was €130,000.

Interest in the car was significantly lower the second time around, the company said, with 14 bidders making 28 offers. The sales price is far from the €190,000 that the former car of Pope Benedict XVI sold for in 2005.

The Golf was purchased new by Merkel in 1990 when she was the assistant speaker for the last East German coalition government. She reportedly drove it until 1995, when her husband, Joachim Sauer, started driving the car.

The car’s seller, whose name was not revealed, reportedly purchased the vehicle for its scrap metal value, when he found the registration papers from its prominent owner.

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Merkel previously said she had ordered an East German Trabant car before the Berlin Wall fell, but the regime collapsed before she got it, so she bought a Golf instead.

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Your comments about this article

16:33 May 1, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
Is this honestly newsworthy? Are you journalists just re-hashing stupid stories from other sources? 1 out of 5 stories on this site (being generous) is probably newsworthy. You should probably re-read the b/s you send your advertisers, namely that the level of education of your "readership" is actually extremely high...... university-educated, etc.
16:52 May 1, 2012 by Englishted
Not having a fun May day then Karl?
20:19 May 1, 2012 by Bigfoot76
There is always the option of simply not reading the stories. Try BBC or CNN instead maybe? Or depending on the type of person you are...Fox News.
22:17 May 1, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Read this story weeks ago on the local. Why is it being regurgitated? Hardly interesting the first time, never mind now. Has the local something against writing some real news stories?

@bigfoot76. You are right. Should be reading another source as this is obviously not the place to come to for news. Sorry for the mistaken belief that one could find some news on a website that says "Germany's news in English".
10:54 May 2, 2012 by Bushdiver
I wouldn't have paid €10 for that car even if she was included in the auction.
18:34 May 2, 2012 by coffeelover
Too much fluff today, can someone tell me of another news site for Germany news a German/American can read in english?
11:59 May 4, 2012 by Dayzee

I would suggest this site from Der Spiegel, but be warned it is a step up from the local as far as reporting, article writing and news worthy items. ;-)

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