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Fri Oct 31 12:38:48 SAST 2014

Marie-Antoinette mules fetch thousands

AFP Relaxnews | 26 March, 2012 11:26
A handout still image shows actors Lea Seydoux and Diane Kruger (R) in a scene from the film 'Les adieux a la Reine' ('Farewell My Queen') by director Benoit Jacquot.
Diane Kruger (R) as Marie-Antoinette in a scene from the film 'Les adieux a la Reine'
Image by: HANDOUT / Reuters

Let them wear heels.

A pair of silk mules believed to have belonged to Marie-Antoinette fetched over 43 000 euros (about R437 000) at an auction of French Revolution era artefacts on Saturday.

The white silk shoes decorated with tricolour pleated ribbons date back to 1790 and are size 36.5, which corresponds to Marie-Antoinette's shoe size, the organisers of the auction said.

They went under the hammer in the French city of Toulon for 43 225 euros (over R439 000), vastly exceeding the expected sale price of between 3000 and 5000 euros (between R30 000 and R50 000).

Organisers said the shoes may have been worn by the Austrian-born Marie-Antoinette, the Queen consort of Louis XVI, at national day celebrations on July 14, 1790.

Marie-Antoinette, the subject of deep resentment in France for her legendary extravagance, was executed by the guillotine in October 1793 for treason following the revolution.

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