Bolsa de Margareth Thatcher é vendida por US$ 40 mil

The A handbag belonging to the former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was sold for US$ 40,000 at a charity auction in London. The leather bag was on her arm during Cold War-era negotiations with the former US president, Ronald Reagan. Gabriel Gatehouse reports.

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She may have styled herself as the Iron Lady, but in fact it was this shiny black leather accessory that became her most iconic trademark. A member of her cabinet once said that she used the handbag not as a shield but as a weapon.

Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, the word 'handbagging' has entered the English language to describe the former prime minister's abrasive style in dismissing those she disagreed with or who incurred her displeasure.

This particular bag, made by the firm Asprey of Bond Street in London, was used by Margaret Thatcher for over 30 years. It was large enough to hold state papers when required.

Partly because of this, the handbag was expected to fetch up to US$ 160,000. In the event it went for only a quarter of that sum. Forty grand is still quite a lot of money for a purse, but could it be that the Iron Lady's handbag is finally losing some of its power?

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have styled herself (a maneira como ela se projetou) have presented herself as

Iron Lady (mulher determinada) strong willed woman

iconic trademark (um objeto que é sabidamente associado a uma determinada pessoa) an object that is famously connected with a particular person

‘handbagging’ (chamando atenção, punindo) telling off, punishing

abrasive style (um estilo que pode incomodar outras pessoas) manner that can cause discomfort to others

dismissing (não está dando atenção) not listening to

incurred her displeasure (irritou-a ou deixou-a chateada) made her angry or upset

state papers (documentos oficiais) official documents

to fetch up to (alcançar) to reach up to

grand (gíria - mil dólares ou libras) slang - one thousand dollars or pounds