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Omani buyer bids $37,000 for Thatcher’s wedding dress

Bidder bought dress for above the asking price at Christie’s auction in London

Omani buyer bids $37,000 for Thatcher’s wedding dress
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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.

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