Seven outfits worn by Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher sell at auction for £73,000
Seven outfits worn by Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s have sold at auction for more than £73,000.
One - a jade green wool suit worn by the Grantham-born politician the day she was confirmed as Conservative Party leader in February 1975 - was purchased for £25,000.
It was snapped up by an anonymous bidder in the room at the Christie's auction held in London yesterday (Mon).
The remaining six outfits, including a yellow dress worn at Baroness Thatcher's first party conference as leader in 1975, were purchased by an online bidder in South Korea.
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The lots, all worn during the early stages of her career, were sold by a private collector and every outfit far exceeded the individual estimates of £1,000 to £1,500.
They are believed to be the first of Baroness Thatcher's clothes to be sold at a public auction.
The items went under the hammer as part of Christie's 'London Sale', a one-off themed auction held to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.
Other lots included a 1966 original Routemaster double-decker bus, which fetched £67,250, and a British winner's sold gold medal from the first London Olympics in 1908 which sold for £17,500.