Marie Antoinette's slippers
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Marie Antoinette's slippers sold for 50,000 euros

A pair of Marie Antoinette's slippers has been auctioned for 50,000 euros (£40,600; $65,600) on the anniversary of the French queen's execution.

The auction house Paris Druout had expected the green-and-pink silk shoes to sell for up to 10,000 euros. A fragment of a patterned silk dress she owned before her arrest was also included in the 80 lots auctioned on Wednesday, a day after the anniversary of her death.

Following the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and guillotined in the French capital on 16 October 1793.

Auctioneers said they had been flooded with bids from around the world.

David Chazan reports from Paris.

  • 17 Oct 2012
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