David Bowie’s Volvo makes $218,000

David Bowie’s 1981 Volvo 262C Bertone Coupe has sold for $218,000.

The Italian-built, Swedish-designed car trebled its estimate at Oldtimer Galerie Toffen auction house in Switzerland just before the new year.

David Bowie Volvo

David Bowie enjoyed the benefits of electric windows and leather seats

For a music pioneer, always looking to push the boundaries, Bowie’s choice of car manufacturer appears somewhat sedate.

Although perhaps he was conscious of Volvo’s excellent safety record. And it should be said, the 262C Bertone Coupe is more exciting than most Volvos of the time, with leather seats, electric windows and Hi-Fi.

Just 6,620 were made.

The price is a huge mark-up on the cost of a 262C Bertone Coupe without the famous owner. They sell for around $20,000. That’s clear evidence of the cachet of Bowie with collectors.

We’ve seen a surge in demand for everything Bowie since the musician's death in January 2016. In March of that year a Bowie self-portrait auctioned for £22,500 ($32,504).

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