Queen Victoria Bloomers
November 2, 2011 by staff
Queen Victoria Bloomers, A great pair of white silk panties that once belonged to Queen Victoria of Great Britain were sold at auction in Edinburgh for £ 9375 (and 14 950) – three times the original estimate of underwear.
According to a BBC report, two pairs of silk stockings worn by the oldest monarch in Britain were also auctioned in Edinburgh. One pair is sold for over £ 5,000. The collection belonged to the former home of Battersea, London home of the U.S. publisher Forbes.
The sale also included more than 500 actual paintings, letters, furniture and other household items from Forbes.
Among the other real objects for sale, an oil painting of Scottish Victoria with her servant John Brown was sold for £ 145,250 (and 230,000) in Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull. The painting of 20×24 inches, dated August 26, 1876, was a precious treasure, as it was a personal gift from the Queen of Brown on her 50th birthday, said Nick Curnow, managing director of Lyon & Turnbull, the BBC reported. The close relationship between the monarch and her servant inspired the movie “Her Majesty Mrs. Brown.”
Meanwhile, a four-poster bed in which Elizabeth Taylor was sleeping when she stayed at home during her honeymoon with her seventh husband, Larry Fortensky sold for over U.S. & 9,000 (and 14,350).
Simon Edsor, art consultant Forbes family, called £ 3,000,000 sale “a great result”, demonstrating the global appeal of real objects, AFP reported.
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