Items from Thatcher’s collections to be auctioned off
05 November 2015, Nirapad News: The December auctions of the Victoria and Albert Museum will include the Aquascutum raincoat that late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher wore while riding atop a Challenger tank when visiting Nato troops in Germany in 1986 and that was an image that helped seal her reputation as the “Iron Lady”, according to reports in the global media.
Other items to be put on the auctions include her red prime ministerial dispatch box, embossed with the number 1 and carrying an estimate of £3,000-£5,000, and an Art Deco emerald and diamond necklace by Chaumet, estimated at £120,000-£180,000, the reports say.
Handbags, which became a feared symbol among ministers subjected to verbal grillings by the premier, will, the reports add, also be going under the hammer.
Meanwhile, the authorities of the museum have denied any turning down of an offer to acquire items from Margaret Thatcher’s personal collection of “power dresses”, handbags, a ministerial red box and other memorabilia.
The family of the late prime minister was reported to have offered the South Kensington museum significant personal objects and clothes spanning the life of the premier, who died in 2013, the report add.
Fashion has become an important theme of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It held this year a blockbuster exhibition of the British designer Alexander McQueen, following a show last year of Italian fashion from 1945 to the present day, the reports state.
About 350 items from Thatcher’s collection, including her wedding dress and some of her jewellery, will, according to the report, now be sold in two auctions by Christie’s. The proceeds will go to her children, Mark and Carol, and her grandchildren. Christie’s has put a total value of £500,000 on items in the sale and it expects to generate international interest, reports say.