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.
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.