Marie Antoinette's Shoes Sell for $57K
White silk mules were expected to fetch far less
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 27, 2012 3:38 PM CDT
File photo: A portrait of Marie-Antoinette at the Marie Antoinette exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

(Newser) – A pair of shoes believed to be Marie Antoinette's were expected to auction for about $6,500—but they brought in $57,000, AFP reports. The white silk mules, which feature tricolor ribbons, were sold at an auction of French Revolution artifacts in Toulon, France. The queen may have worn them at a national festival on July 14, 1790, auctioneers said.

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Jeebus
Mar 31, 2012 6:12 PM CDT
I wonder how much for her head.
finkster
Mar 27, 2012 5:00 PM CDT
Off with their heels!!!
DianeManaughGriffith
Mar 27, 2012 4:45 PM CDT
Anyone that doesn't think it's at the very least interesting that these shoes exist and still 2 of them together from that long ago doesn't have any appreciation for history. Let's have a round of applause for the Brushman who might be being sarcastic, but I love him for it! As a collector of fashion and I love the fact someone sees the value and if you're willing to pay that much for them you can be sure they will take great care for the future to come. I wish they could be displayed! Thank you!