Marie Antoinette's silk slippers up 524.6% on estimate

 


 

A pair of Marie Antoinette's silk slippers has sold in Paris, France, as part of a major auction of the queen consort's belongings.

The dainty green and pink items sold for €62,460 ($81,875) at the October 17 sale, beating their €10,000 estimate by 524.6%.

It provided the highlight of the 80 Antoinette lots brought to the auction, which coincided with the anniversary of her execution for treason in 1793.

The slippers were consigned by descendants of the queen's manservant, Alexandre-Bernard Ju-Des-Retz - superb provenance that can only have added to their desirability.

"Obviously, it's rather rare to find objects that belonged to the queen, particularly dresses or more intimate things," the auction house's Cyrille Boulay told the BBC.

"I have been doing the job of historical artefacts expert for 20 years now, and it's just the second time that I have a pair of shoes on sale.

"So it's rather exceptional and therefore of course, it has sparked an international interest."

The wife of Louis XVI, Antoinette is famed for her lavish lifestyle and love of fine clothes and footwear.

Indeed, it is not the first time a pair of her shoes has come up for auction.

A pair of her size 3½ silk mules sold for 43,225 ($57,350) earlier this year, demolishing their 3,000-5,000 estimate.

It is thought she wore them during the Fete de la Federation on July 14, 1790 - the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.

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