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Juan Domingo and Eva Peron state limousine to be auctioned

1951 Cadillac used by Juan and Eva Peron Image copyright Silverstone Auctions
Image caption The 1951 Cadillac limousine has been on display at the Eva Peron museum in Buenos Aires

A state limousine used by former Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron and his wife Eva, who was known as Evita, is to be auctioned.

The 1951 Cadillac is expected to be sold for between £200,000 and £260,000 at auction in London in September.

It has previously been on long-term loan to the Eva Peron Museum (Museo Evita) in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

It is being sold by Silverstone Auctions along with a jewel from one of Mrs Peron's dresses.

Managing director Nick Whale said he expected "huge international interest" in the car.

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Image caption The car has an eight cylinder engine and leather seats

"It's rare that a car with connections to some of the most important figures in history is offered on the market," he said.

Mr Whale said the car would go on display at Salon Privé motor show in London before its sale on 4 September.

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Image caption The car was used by the couple for state visits and parades

Eva Peron's life story was most famously told in the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical Evita, which was made into a film in 1996 starring Madonna.

Ms Peron served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952 and was regarded as a champion of the working class and women in Argentina.

She was the second wife of Juan Peron who was three times elected as President of Argentina, in 1946, 1951 and 1973.

He died of a heart attack in 1974 after only about a year back in power.

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Image caption The story of Eva Peron was turned into a stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1976

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