On August 20, 2016 The Historics at Brooklands auction will be offering up the daily driver/get around car that Madonna and Guy Ritchie purchased new while married. The Jet Black 2002 (R53) MINI Cooper S is a well equipped first generation, 6 speed manual with leather seating, and only 25,000 miles on the clock. The purchase includes documentation proving the original owners of what is now a 2 owner car.
What would make this a particularly great collectible for MINI and Madonna fans is that she did sing about this particular MINI in her 2003 single American Life. Although the model for sale should not be mistaken for the “militarized” MINI that she rode on as part music video for American Life, which was pulled from broadcast, and re-edited to better fit with a heated political climate that surrounded the early Iraq War that had just begun.
Estimated to sell at auction for approximately $8,000-12,000US, more information can be found at www.historics.co.uk and online bidding is available at www.proxibid.com just don’t forget that you might have a bit of a hard time importing it stateside without working some pretty major loopholes, or possibly disassembling and transporting it piece by piece.
See the next page for Madonna’s controversial MINI music video, featuring a lifted, camouflaged early hardtop, Madonna and friends on a catwalk, and more explosions than a Transformers film. You will also find a gallery of the MINI available at auction.