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Gardner with her new car in 1958.
A rare and exclusive luxury car first owned by famous Hollywood actress Ava Gardner has emerged for sale for £160,000.
Named after the then brightest star in the heavens, the French Facel 'Vega' Excellence was bought new by Gardner in 1958, at the height of her fame and shortly after divorcing legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.
Exorbitantly expensive for the time, only 156 of the 140mph Chrysler V8 powered cars were ever built before the Paris based company went out of business in 1964.
Coys of Kensington are auctioning the rare survivor from Hollywood's golden age on 12th January.