By Staff writer
Bidder bought dress for above the asking price at Christie’s auction in London
An unnamed buyer from Oman has snapped up the late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s wedding dress for a reported £25,000 ($37,230).
The dress was among several of Thatcher’s belongings auctioned at Christie’s in London for a total of £3.3 million.
The bidder from Oman purchased the midnight blue velvet wedding “ensemble” for substantially above the £10,000-£15,000 price at which it was valued, reported Agence France-Presse.
It said a model of an American bald eagle given to Thatcher by close ally and former US president Ronald Reagan fetched the highest price for an individual item - £266,500.
Her famous red ministerial box was the next most expensive item, selling for £242,500.
Renowned British fashion journalist Meredith Etherington-Smith commented that the sale of Thatcher’s clothes revealed the former prime minister’s “secret passion” for fashion.
Thatcher was the daughter of a seamstress and as a child she and her sister made their own clothes. “When she became the first woman prime minister, she used clothes as a way of emphasising her power,” Etherington-Smith was quoted as saying.For all the latest fashion trends from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.