Marie Antoinette’s silk slippers sell for $65,600

Marie Antoinette was married to the French Monarch Louis XVI; their reign is probably one of the most controversial in France’s history, eventually leading to the rise of the third estate and The French Revolution. Antoinette is best known for allegedly saying, “let them eat cake,” in response to the masses chanting that they had no bread. The sale took place on the anniversary of her death at the Paris Drouot auction house. The shoes were estimated to sell between $10,500 and $13,000. Instead selling for a whopping 50,000 euros ($65,600). The size 6 slippers were said to have been given to her by her court Alexandre-Bernard Ju-Des-Rets, in 1775. The slippers are green in color with ornate pink bands across them and a small silk bow. The shoes were given to her 18 years before her execution.

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A small piece of fabric also sold at the same auction for $8,000 (double its estimated value.) The material was said to come from the last dress worn by the Austrian-born royal before her imprisonment.

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