This is the photo Hansons
Auctioneers issued of someone
named Samantha Rhodes
modeling Queen V’s underpants
at an unknown date.Photo: Hansons Auctioneers/PA
Yesterday we introduced you to 120-year-old jeans on eBay, the bidding for which had reached $9,118 (today the winning bid is listed at $36,099, which we refuse believe is what someone will actually pay for them). Today we introduce you to 120-year-old underpants that were sold this afternoon at auction in England for a mere $9,000. Though they were valued at only $1,000, that extra $8,000 was totally worth it. See, though yesterday’s jeans were filthy, covered in wax, and probably originally owned by a man of average wealth and social stature, these underpants are spotless, embroidered, and were owned by a woman of royalty. Once belonging to Queen Victoria, they bear the monogram “VR” (which stands for Victoria Regina) that proves their authenticity.
”These pants, considering their provenance and pedigree, are very exciting,” [Auctioneer Charles] Hanson said. ”They are monogrammed and crested and we know that they are hers.”
The “open-crotch style” underpants have a 50-inch waist with a drawstring — the popular style for underpants back in Victorian times. Their new owner is a Canadian man. If he knows what’s good for him, he’ll put them on eBay and try to get the price up to five figures like those dirty pants.
Queen Victoria’s bloomers sell for 4, 500 pounds [NYT]
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