Just when we thought our shoe-shopping habit was getting out of control, we hear a pair of shoes believed to be once worn by Marie Antoinette have sold at auction for $57,000 - that's approximately £36,250. The pair of cream slip on heels sold for approximatley fourteen times more than their estimated price at an auction of French Revolution Era artefacts in Toulan, France last weekend. Wowzers.
Marie Antoinette's shoes, image courtesy of Tell.La
The pretty silk shoes, with (now quite faded) tri-colour pleated ribbon detail, were reportedly worn by the French Queen to the first ever Bastille Day celebration in 1790. With her neat little size 36 feet, she wore them with a white gown and a headpiece covered with tricolour ribbon and feathers. So chic!
Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette
It seems there are some adamant costume collectors out there, quietly dropping serious cash for antique and historic pieces at auction. Remember we reported last month that a private collector spent a staggering £30,000 on the vintage 1954 Christian Dior dress that Natalie Portman wore to this year’s Oscars? We reckon a rummage around mum and dad’s dressing-up drawer is in order - who knows what gems we could come across!
We've got to ask though, would you fork out top dollar for a piece of haute-history? Let us know below...