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."
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They're not the most expensive shoes in the world--that honor likely belongs to Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, which brought in a cool $600,000 last year--but still! Can you believe what someone was willing to pay for these? If you could own any shoes from history, which would you choose? (Johnny Depp bought his girl Marilyn Monroe's heels--how chic is that!?)...discuss!
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