Monday, 27 October 2014

More expensive shoes - Sale of 16th/17th October 2012

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!

Lot 20: A pair of green and pink silk slippers which belonged to Marie-Antoinette.

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 €)


Sale catalogue:  Drouot, Étude Coutau-Bégarie, 16th and 17th October 2012

"Marie-Antoinette dans ses petits souliers" Le Figaro[online], 15/10/2012


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