Big grab at Marie-Antoinette bag

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 May 2020

A travel bag belonging to the ill-fated French queen Marie-Antoinette sold way beyond its estimate at an auction of royal memorabilia near her home at the Palace of Versailles.

The Osenat auction house noted fierce bidding for relics of a queen who lost her head in the French Revolution.

The leather travel bag with a studded "Queen's room number 10" inscription went for 43,750 euros (HK$369,800) against a pre-auction estimate of between 8,000 and 10,000 euros.

And a large embroidered serviette used from the coronation of the Austrian-born monarch went for 14,500 euros, several times its estimate.

Marie-Antoinette had fond memories of the 1775 coronation, writing to her mother "it's an amazing thing to be so well received two months after the revolt" over high bread prices.

Ironically, it was her supposed insistence that peasants eat cake that helped seal her fate and that of the French monarchy.

A lock of hair from her husband, Louis XVI, who also lost his head on the guillotine, went for 4,000 euros.

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