Royal Knickers Sell for $15K

Anonymous buyer snaps up Queen Victoria's blooming bloomers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2011 12:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – A capacious pair of silk bloomers worn by Queen Victoria in the 1860s sold for nearly $15,000 at an auction in Britain—more than three times the estimate. "People who collect royal memorabilia for the Victorian era see underwear as the crowning glory in their collection," a spokesman for the auctioneers tells the Daily Mail. Other items in the sale of the contents of the London home of the Forbes publishing family included a portrait of the queen with Scottish servant John Brown, which fetched $230,000. (Read more underwear stories.)

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