Friday 24 February 2017

Queen Victoria's bloomers auctioned

A staff member walks past a pair of silk bloomers which once belonged to Queen Victoria, which are to be auctioned in Edinburgh
A staff member walks past a pair of silk bloomers which once belonged to Queen Victoria, which are to be auctioned in Edinburgh

Undergarments belonging to Queen Victoria are expected to fetch £3,000 at auction next week.

A selection of her stockings and underwear are to be sold alongside hundreds of royal artefacts including furniture and oil paintings.

The collection comes from the contents of Old Battersea House - the London home of the Forbes family, the American publishing dynasty.

The large pair of white silk bloomers valued at £3,000 is to be sold by auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull at their Edinburgh salesroom on November 1.

Black-and-white, hand-stitched silk stockings she wore when she went into mourning over the death of Prince Albert are expected to fetch between £500 and £800.

Three pairs of silk stockings, a lace night-gown and a pair of her gloves will also be sold.

All the items, collectively valued at between £1.5 million and £2 million, have been on public display this week.

Simon Edsor, director of The Fine Art Society and art adviser to the Forbes family, said: "Examples of the Queen's belongings have long been considered the crowning glory for Victoriana collectors.

"In the past few years several items have come up for auction and made excellent prices, with interest from around the world."

Also included in the sale is antique furniture, such as the four-poster bed that Dame Elizabeth slept in with her seventh husband and twin beds once occupied by Ronald and Nancy Reagan, valued at between £12,000 and £15,000.

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