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Royal underwear fetches £9,375

Published 01/11/2011 | 20:41

Staff member Kate Bain holds a pair of silk bloomers belonging to Queen Victoria, which fetched 9,375 pounds at Lyon & Turnbull auction house
Staff member Kate Bain holds a pair of silk bloomers belonging to Queen Victoria, which fetched 9,375 pounds at Lyon & Turnbull auction house

A pair of bloomers which belonged to Queen Victoria have sold for more than three times their original estimate.

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The white silk undergarments went for £9,375, including a buyer's premium of 25%. They were expected to fetch £3,000.

An oil painting of Queen Victoria and her faithful servant John Brown, which the monarch gave him as a gift, made £145,250, more than three times the estimate.

They were sold along with more than 500 royal paintings, letters, furniture and other items in an auction at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh.

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

The sale made more than £3 million.

Simon Edsor, director of the Fine Art Society and art adviser to the Forbes family, said "This is a great result and demonstrates how much interest from around the globe there is in royal memorabilia."

The bloomers and the painting of Queen Victoria and John Brown were purchased by buyers who wanted to remain anonymous.

Nick Curnow, managing director and painting specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said: "The 20" by 24" painting by Charles Burton Barber is particularly valuable because it was a personal gift from the Queen to Brown and shows the pair on August 26, 1876, the year Brown celebrated his 50th birthday."

Old Battersea House hosted many famous visitors over the years including former US president Ronald Reagan and Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor, who stayed at the house on her honeymoon.

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