A private bidder is now the new owner of a pair of embroidered silk stockings that once belonged to Queen Victoria. The historic piece of clothing sold at auction for £220 ($375), almost £100 ($170) over the expected winning bid.
Fred Wyrley-Birch, a specialist at Anderson & Garland auction house in Newcastle, spoke about the sale to the BBC: "When I was shown the stockings by the current owner, I was immediately reminded of a scene in the film The Young Victoria where Prince Albert knelt at Queen Victoria's feet and rolled her silk stockings up her legs. It contradicts the image we usually have of Queen Victoria as a rather large elderly lady dressed in black."
This isn't the first time the Queen's undergarments have gone under the hammer. In July 2015, a private bidder purchased a pair of the royal's underwear for a cool £12,090 ($20,650). At the time, Richard Edmonds, principal auctioneer at Chippenham auction house in Wiltshire, revealed to The Guardian how much interest the underwear garnered from potential buyers. "We’ve had a lot of interest in this sale and the auction room was packed with buyers and interested spectators,” he said, adding, "Victorian royal clothing comes up for sale occasionally, but rarely in this excellent condition."
Following Victoria's death in 1901, the monarch's belongings were divided up between her family and members of the royal household. Much of her personal property has been preserved and is on display in her childhood home Kensington Palace.