Posts Tagged ‘auction’

Marie-Antoinette souvenirs at auction

These dainty pink and green silk shoes belonged to Marie-Antoinette. They sold yesterday for 62,460 euros, almost $82,000, at auction in Paris. They are a French size 36 1/2 (6.5 in the US.) According to the auctioneer’s information, they were presented to the Queen by Alexandre-Bernard Ju-Des-Rets, gentleman of her household, at Versailles in 1775. A pink […]

Le Beau Sancy: going, going, gone!

And sadly gone out of sight too. This week an anonymous bidder paid $9.7 million, several times the pre-auction estimate, for the historic stone, sold by Sotheby’s at its Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva. Which means we will probably never see it again. A few decades ago, the Louvre purchased its almost […]

Marie Antoinette Dress fragment

Marie-Antoinette’s memorabilia: the auction results

The bidding was brisk, with much international interest, and the prices went far higher than estimated by Christie. The silk purse embroidered by Marie-Antoinette at the Temple sold for more than $133,000! This dress fragment, puce-colored, fetched $76,000. Indeed it is Louis XVI, with his wry sense of humor, who coined the term puce (which […]

purse embroidered by Marie Antoinette

At auction: a purse embroidered by Marie-Antoinette

At Christie’s in Paris tomorrow, with hundreds of other royal memorabilia from the estate of the late Comte and Comtesse de Paris. The Comte de Paris, who died in 1999 at the age of 91, was the Orléanist pretender to the throne of France. He was directly descended from King Louis-Philippe, who reigned in the […]