Photo courtesy of the Everett CollectionTracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine
There's no telling whether she uttered "Let them eat cake!" while wearing them, but the buyer of a pair of Marie Antoinette's shoes didn't seem to mind--they still forked over a very serious sum for the stems...
According to AFP, "A pair of silk mules believed to have belonged to Marie-Antoinette fetched over 43,000 euros at an auction of French Revolution era artefacts on Saturday.
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The white silk shoes decorated with tricolour pleated ribbons date back to 1790 and are size 36.5, which corresponds to Marie-Antoinette's shoe size, the organisers of the auction said.They went under the hammer in the French city of Toulon for 43,225 euros (over $57,000), vastly exceeding the expected sale price of between 3,000 and 5,000 euros. Organisers said the shoes may have been worn by the Austrian-born Marie-Antoinette, the Queen consort of Louis XVI, at national day celebrations on July 14, 1790."