Queen Victoria Bloomers – Queen Victoria’s bloomers were sold to the highest bidder.
A large pair of white silk underware that once belonged to the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland were sold at an Edinburgh auction for $14,950 – three times higher than the original estimate.
According to a BBC report, two pairs of silk stockings worn by Britain’s longest-serving monarch also went under the hammer in Edinburgh. One pair was sold for more than $6,885. The collection belonged to Old Battersea House, the London home of American publishing company Forbes.
The sale also included more than 500 royal paintings, letters, furniture and other items from the Forbes home.
Among the other royal artifacts on sale, an oil painting ofÂ Victoria with her Scottish servant John Brown was sold for $230,000 at Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull. The 20X24 inch painting, dated Aug. 26, 1876, was a valuable treasure as it was a personal gift by the Queen to Brown on his 50th birthday, said Nick Curnow, managing director at Lyon & Turnbull, reported the BBC. The close relationship between the monarch and her servant inspired the film “Her Majesty Mrs. Brown.”
Meanwhile, a four-poster bed in which Elizabeth Taylor slept when she stayed at the house during her honeymoon with her seventh husband Larry Fortensky was sold for more than $14,350.
Simon Edsor, art adviser to the Forbes family, called the $3 million sale “a great result” which demonstrated the worldwide appeal of royal memorabilia, reported AFP.
Kate Bain from Lyon and Turnbull auctioneers poses for photographers with a framed pair of silk bloomers that once belonged to Queen Victoria during a photo call for the auction of the Forbes Collection in Edinburgh, Scotland October 27, 2011. The bloomers are from a collection of over five hundred royal antiques to go on auction on November 1 in Edinburgh, from Old Battersea House which was the London home of the Forbes family, the U.S. publishing dynasty.