A French auction house has sold a pair of slippers once belonging to French Queen, Marie Antoinette, for 62,460 euros including auction fees.
They went to a telephone bidder for five times the estimate, the day after the 219th anniversary of her beheading during the French Revolution.
Frederique Bellon-Dutertre, a French tourist who claims to have just stumbled upon the auction says she was shocked by the price they had reached: “It shows a bit of contrast with the life in the exterior and the poverty we see. And then we see these sums of money and objects going for pretty significant sums. I find this contrast disturbing.”
Whereas art collector Franck Baulme who was bidding in the auction said he thought the price was correct: “The price should be extremely high due to the scarcity of these kinds of objects.”
The slippers were the most valuable item in an auction consisting of 350 treasures belonging to the French royal families.
They had been given to the Queen’s manservant, Alexandre-Bernard Ju-Des-Retz who then passed them on to his descendants.