Later in 2012, following the sale of the mules in the Paul Rousseau collection, this pair of Marie-Antoinette's shoes were offered at auction. They fetched a even more impressive 50,000 € (though, as Time pointed out, this was some way short of the record for an item of clothing, which belongs to Marilyn Monroe's "Happy birthday Mr. President" dress which sold for $1,267,500 in 1999!) The buyer was undisclosed. Perhaps there is a Russian tycoon out there with a lot of old (and very expensive) shoes!
The shoes were given in 1775 by Marie Antoinette to Alexandre-Bernard Ju-des-Rets (1752-1837), an officer in her service at Versailles and were put on sale by one of his descendants. They are similar in construction to the Toulon mules with wooden heels covered in white leather, but they are in even better condition.
Lot 25: Fragment of a dress belonging to Marie-Antoinette
This silk (lambas) fragment from one of Marie-Antoinette's last dresses, originated from the Beauregard family, who were in her service. The estimate on this lot was 3-5,000 €
Lot 27: Schoolbook, which belonged to the Dauphin Louis-Joseph
M. Viard, "Les vrais principes de la lecture, de l’orthographe et de la
prononciation française" French grammar book which belonged to the Dauphin Louis-Joseph. (3 000-4 000 €)
Lot 34: Framed sleeve of a cotton tunic worn by Marie-Antoinette in the Temple.
This fragment was given to the comtesse de Poix by Marie-Thérèse, duchesse d'Angoulême, in 1851 (2 000-2 500 €)
"Marie-Antoinette dans ses petits souliers" Le Figaro[online], 15/10/2012