A silk shoe worn by Marie Antoinette goes up for auction

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.




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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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