Madonna's Cooper S could be the most expensive Mini ever
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Since BMW bought the rights and relaunched Mini in 2001, the retro runaround has become one the must-have motors - even for some celebrities.
Among those VIP drivers is the iconic singer and actress Madonna, who not only bought one in 2002 when she lived in London with her then husband, Guy Ritchie, but rapped about it in one of her hit singles.
And now it could be yours, as it has just been put up for sale in London. But the premium might just make it the most expensive new-generation Mini ever. It's a Mini Cooper S, with a supercharged 1.6-litre petrol engine.
It was ordered new by none other than Madonna L Ciccone in October that year and registered to the Ciccone 1989 Trust.
The Mini factory in Oxford were said to be so excited that the US singer had ordered the car that all the Cowley plant workers who assembled it signed inside the bodyshell and under the bonnet before it left the production line.
Madonna ordered the black Cooper S with a full quota of optional features, including privacy glass, a roof spoiler and 17-inch S Spoke light alloy wheels.
Former insurance details and the car's V5 logbook - both of which are available with the car - list both Madonna and Guy Ritchie's names.
Madonna - who celebrates her 60th birthday on Thursday - loved the motor so much that she even included it in a lyric in one of her songs at the time.
The 2003 hit American Life - which went to number two in the UK and topped the US charts - included the line: 'I drive my Mini Cooper, and I'm feeling super-duper, yo they tell me I'm a trooper, and you know I'm satisfied.'
The megastar was frequently snapped using the nippy three-door Mini to drop her daughter off at school and to pop to the recording studio where she was working on her ninth studio album under the same name as the single she quoted the car.
She kept the vehicle for four years before selling it to one of her personal drivers in 2006, who then put it into storage.
Having rarely been used since, it still has incredibly low mileage of 25,000 and remains in pristine condition with just two registered keepers.
Several destinations that are still logged in the sat nav system relate to Madonna's regular locations, including previous residential addresses in the UK and recording studios.
The car is listed in the UK with a guide price of £55,000 (NZ$106,000) - surely a record amount for any modern-generation Mini.
The advertised price is £14,000 more than the cost of a special edition new Mini Cooper S Goodwood Edition, that was created in partnership with Rolls-Royce in 2011.
Few Cooper S models of this age with such low mileage are on sale today in the UK, though HPI values this model at £2,876 if it was sold by a dealer and £2,315 if sold privately. That means the fact it was once owned - and sang about - by Madonna has increased it's perceived value by £52,124, which is a premium of around 1,800 per cent.
Rachael Hogg, Auto Trader's Digital Editor, said: 'It's really timely that this car is up for sale just as Madonna turns 60.
'Previously owned by one of the world's biggest music sensations and affectionately referenced in songs and TV interviews, this is the most expensive Mini Cooper S on the market, because for many it's not just a car: it's a significant piece of Madonna memorabilia.
'The three door Mini Cooper S Hatch is a modest choice for a celebrity of Madonna's wealth, but a sensible one for a star living in central London wanting to go under the radar when on the school run.
'It appears to be in immaculate condition still, so would make a lovely runaround for a Madonna fan with cash to flash.'
- Daily Mail