Queen Victoria's underwear sold for almost $15,000

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Associated Press

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 1 at 8:04 PM

LONDON (AP) — A pair of silk bloomers that belonged to Britain's Queen Victoria has sold at auction for 9,375 pounds ($14,950) — three times the underwear's pre-sale estimate.

A painting of the queen with her Scottish servant John Brown sold for 145,250 pounds ($230,000) at Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull. The close relationship between monarch and servant inspired the film "Mrs. Brown."

Both items were purchased Tuesday by anonymous bidders.

They were among items from Old Battersea House, the London home of U.S. publishing clan the Forbes family.

A four-poster bed Elizabeth Taylor slept in when she stayed at the house during her honeymoon with seventh husband Larry Fortensky sold for more than 9,000 pounds ($14,350).

The prices include buyer's premium.

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