Queen Victoria's Giant Knickers Fetch $9K

1890s bloomers with 50-inch waist auctioned for princely sum
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 4:14 AM CDT
In this undated photo provided by Hansons Auctioneers, Samantha Rhodes models a pair of bloomers said to have belonged to Britain's Queen Victoria.    (AP Photo/Hansons Auctioneers, PA)
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(Newser) – A pair of bloomers that belonged to Queen Victoria were auctioned off yesterday for $9,000, almost ten times the expected price, the BBC reports. The royal knickers, which sport a 50-inch waist and a "VR" monogram, date from the 1890s. The queen was apparently "a very big lady," noted the auctioneer. The bloomers were part of a trove of memorabilia stashed over the years by royal servant "Backstairs Billy," who died last year.