The travel bag of Marie Antoinette was sold five times its estimate during an auction near to the Palace of Versailles – the home where she once lived.
The event named “Royalty at Versailles” included rare pieces that belonged to French royal family members. Among these pieces was Marie Antoinette’s travel bag, which fetched at €43,750; the auctioneers expected it would only be sold between €8,000-€10,000.
The bag is made from wood and lined with leather. The online description reads: “The interior has been refurbished, but an older lining remains, made of unbleached canvas, presenting in the lid an oval-shaped nailing that held a piece of skin that probably had to be marked with initials or coat of arms.’
It also features an inscription on the lid made of small brass nails which reads “Queen’s room number 10.”
Meanwhile, the serviette used during the coronation of Marie Anotinett also went for €14,500, which was more than its estimate. It was embroidered with the royal fleurs de lys insignia and leaf crowns with a bouquet of roses.
The Osenat auction house said they held a competitive bidding “both in the room, over the telephone and on the internet” for objects used to belong to the former queen.
Marie Antoinette married the future King of France when she was just 15. The queen was then subjected to vicious gossip, executing her by decapitation when she was 37 years old.