Marie-Antoinette’s silk shoe sold at auction 227 years after her death

Marie-Antoinette’s silk shoe sold at auction 227 years after her death

After being held on by a family for generations, a silk and goat leather shoe belonging to France’s last queen before the 1789 revolution, Marie-Antoinette was sold at an auction on Sunday, 227 years after her death, for 43,750 euros ($51,780).

The auction house also said that due to steep interest in the historic footwear, the price quickly rose from the reserve of 8,000 to 10,000 euros ($9,450 to $11,800) and was then eventually quickly scooped by an unknown buyer in a sale that took place in the town of Versailles.

Ending up in the hand of Marie-Emilie Leschevin, a close friend of the queen’s head chambermaid in the aftermath of French Revolution, the well preserved 22.5 centimetre-long (8.8-inch) heeled shoe adorned with four ribbons is in good condition barring the slight wearing of the silk, added the auction house in its statement.

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