Margaret Thatcher clothing auction set for December

Clothing and other items of memorabilia belonging to Margaret Thatcher are to auction at Christie's.

The sale will take place in London on December 15.

Thatcher tank raincoat
Margaret Thatcher was the UK's longest serving post-war prime minister

It will include some key outfits from her long political career, including the cream Aquascutum raincoat she wore while riding a tank during a 1986 visit to a NATO base in West Germany.

It carries an estimate of ?�10,000-20,000 ($15,368-30,737).

Other items include her wedding dress, which is valued at ?�10,000-15,000 ($15,368-23,053).

Christie's comments: "The daughter of a professional dressmaker, Margaret Thatcher was 'brought up to know the importance of cut' and recognised the potential power of fashion to enhance, project and mirror individual stature, as well as its role in commerce for the country stating 'anything I can do to heighten the spotlight on British fashion, I do�Ǫ'"

The clothes had originally been offered to the V&A Museum, which declined them.

A spokesperson for the museum explained: "The V&A politely declined the offer of Baroness Thatcher's clothes, feeling that these records of Britain's political history were best suited to another collection which would focus on their intrinsic social historical value.

"The Museum is responsible for chronicling fashionable dress and its collecting policy tends to focus on acquiring examples of outstanding aesthetic or technical quality."

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