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. (Read more Marie Antoinette stories.)

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