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Marie-Antoinette’s travel bag fetches sky-high price

Other French royalty relics auctioned included a serviette she used at her coronation, and a lock of hair from her husband, Louis XVI.

A travel trunk belonging to the ill-fated French queen Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793) sold for more than five times its estimate in an auction of royal memorabilia near her one-time home at the Palace of Versailles.

The travel accessory is made of wood, lined with leather and reinforced with studded wrought-iron bands. The trunk with the studded “Queen’s room number 10” inscription went for 43,750 euros (S$68,600), having had an estimate of between 8,000 and 10,000 euros.

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Photo: Osenat

 

The Osenat auction house said that there had been fierce bidding late Sunday “both in the room, over the telephone and on the Internet” for the relics of France’s most iconic queen.

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