LONDON (AFP) – Seven suits belonging to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, including the one worn on the day she was confirmed as Conservative party leader, fetched £73,000 at a London sale on Monday.
The jade green wool outfit worn for her Tory coronation in February 1975 proved to be the prize lot at the Christie’s auction, selling for £25,000 ($39,700, 31,500 euros) to an anonymous bidder.
A bidder from South Korea snapped up the six remaining garments for £48,125. The suits are thought to be the first of Thatcher’s clothes to be sold at a public auction.
The leader’s famous handbag, which struck fear into the hearts of British ministers during the former premier’s rule, sold at a charity auction last year for £25,000.
Thatcher frequently used the black Asprey bag on important occasions, such as summits with then U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during her 1979-1990 premiership.
The items formed part of Christie’s “London Sale,” a unique auction held to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.
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