Queen Victoria's undergarments auctioned
Queen Victoria of Britain must be embarrassed with public auctioning of her undergarment in her grave. The auction has revealed her ample measurements and brought out all her vital statistics in public scrutiny . Her Majesty's underwear had been kept by one of the queen's ladies-in-waiting and was sold by a family from Lincolnshire, who are said to be "delighted" with the outcome.
A pair of her bloomers, a chemise and a nightdress went under the hammer at Mackworth in Derby for 13,500 pounds ($27,000).
The cotton bloomers are monogrammed with a VR (Victoria Regina) and attracted bids from as far as Brazil, Russia, Hong Kong and New York. They finally went to a lady from Canada for 4,500 pounds, according to auctioneer Charles Hanson.
A London collector snapped up Queen Victoria's chemise for 3,800 pounds. Her nightdress sold for 5,200 pounds to an American collector.
Hanson told The Guardian: 'The atmosphere was electric and I am delighted that Victoria has been given a good send-off.'
The sizes of the garments gave an indication of her majesty's measurements. For instance, her bloomers, dating back to the 1880s, measure 50 inches at the waist. The chemise has a 66-inch bust. The nightdress is only 50 inches long, suggesting she was as short as she was stout.
Queen Victoria's underwear had been kept by one of her ladies-in-waiting and was sold by a family from Lincolnshire, who are said to be 'delighted' with the outcome.
Queen Victoria's bloomers attract worldwide atttention
One of Queen Victoria's secrets is out – she wore rather big bloomers – and a chemise to match.
A pair of her bloomers sold for £4,500 at an auction in Mackworth, Derby today - exceeding all expectations.
The monarch's modest cotton drawers, monogrammed with a tiny VR (for Victoria Regina), attracted bids from as far afield as Brazil, Russia, Hong Kong and New York.
After intense bidding they finally went to a "lady of leisure" from Canada, according to auctioneer Charles Hanson.
"The atmosphere was electric and I am delighted that Victoria had been given a good send-off," he said.
The auction showed that the queen was very curvy indeed towards the end of her life. The regal knickers, dating from the 1890s, have a waist measuring 50 inches (127cm).
She had quite a cleavage too: a chemise with an impressive 66-inch (168cm) bust was snapped up by a collector from London for £3,800.
It seems the queen was as short as she was stout - her nightdress, measuring a mere 50 inches from shoulder to hem, sold for £5,200 to an American collector.