Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

United Kingdom

A silk shoe worn by Marie Antoinette goes up for auction

Auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat displays a shoe made of goatskin that belonged to late French queen Marie-Antoinette during an interview with Reuters, before going under the hammer, in Versailles, near Paris, France, November 14, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

A silk shoe worn by Marie Antoinette is up for auction.

Marie Antionette was the last Queen of France.

She was executed on the guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution.


Marie and her husband King Louise XVI – also beheaded – presided over a court of extravagance at the Palace of Versailles.

Meanwhile, many French people were starving.

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

The ivory coloured shoe has her name on its heel.

It is thought the shoe was worn regularly during daily life at the palace.

After the executions, the shoe ended up with Marie-Emilie Leschevin, a close friend of the Queen’s chambermaid.

Auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat, said:

“This auction is coming at a time when French people are facing real uncertainties regarding their values, and many of them are clinging onto the history of France.

“Marie Antoinette is someone who arouses the interest of the whole world.”

The shoe has an estimate of £10,000 and goes under the hammer at Versailles.





Latest Tweets


You May Also Like

United Kingdom

Film director Ridley Scott has recalled the death of actor Oliver Reed while making the Oscar winning blockbuster Gladiator. Scott said hard-drinking Reed “just...


The controversial Russian businessman Viktor Baturin, well-known for his years-long counterstanding with his wealthy sister Elena, widow of Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov, is likely...

United Kingdom

The Tremeloes. Dave Munden centre Dave Munden the Tremeloes drummer – and often lead singer – with the 60s chart toppers has died. He...

United Kingdom

The Watneys Party Seven is making a comeback. The ubiquitous 70s beer was a bland fizzing bitter ridiculed by many. The drink’s insipidness helped...