Elegant white silk and goatskin shoes that belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette of France were sold for more than 40,000 euros at an auction held in Versailles, near Paris, according to the Ouzna auction house.
The length of these white shoes is 22.5 centimeters, and a third of it is covered with silk, while the back is made of goat leather, with a leather sole and four overlapping folded straps on the side, and a 4.7 centimeter heel, according to Ozna.
The length of this white shoe is 22.5 centimeters, which is equivalent to 36 in the current era.
It is believed that Mrs. Campan, the queen’s maid, gave this shoe to her friend Marie-Emily Lochuven de Brioisne, and after the latter’s death in 1816, her family preserved it from the end of the 18th century.
Ouzna pointed out that the “great interest” of “international” fans made the sale of the shoe a much higher price than the expected one, ranging between eight thousand euros and ten thousand, as it was sold for 43,750 euros.
This confirms that the character of Queen Marie Antoinette, of Austrian descent, who was executed by the guillotine in 1793, remains the focus of great interest.
Also sold at auction on Sunday was a painting dating back to 1824 entitled “Moliere to the Table of the King of the Sun” by the painter Francois-Jean Garnore, and it is one of the few paintings that shows King Louis XIV alongside the writer Moliere. It was bought by the National Museums Consortium for 75,000 euros.
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