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Seven outfits worn by Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher sell at auction for £73,000

By kay_kelly  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

  • The Margaret Thatcher suit sold at auction for £25,000

  • Baroness Margaret Thatcher

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Seven outfits worn by Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s have sold at auction for more than £73,000.

One - a jade green wool suit worn by the Grantham-born politician the day she was confirmed as Conservative Party leader in February 1975 - was purchased for £25,000.

It was snapped up by an anonymous bidder in the room at the Christie's auction held in London yesterday (Mon).

The remaining six outfits, including a yellow dress worn at Baroness Thatcher's first party conference as leader in 1975, were purchased by an online bidder in South Korea.

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The lots, all worn during the early stages of her career, were sold by a private collector and every outfit far exceeded the individual estimates of £1,000 to £1,500.

They are believed to be the first of Baroness Thatcher's clothes to be sold at a public auction.

The items went under the hammer as part of Christie's 'London Sale', a one-off themed auction held to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

Other lots included a 1966 original Routemaster double-decker bus, which fetched £67,250, and a British winner's sold gold medal from the first London Olympics in 1908 which sold for £17,500.

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  • Adrian1208  |  September 05 2012, 10:59PM

    There's a website informing people on Maggie's health, when the woman dies, a massive party is to be held in Trafalga Square, anyone can go (its the first Saturday after she dies) details are on the website.. Be there!!!!

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  • Bob_Major  |  September 05 2012, 9:18PM

    Privatization, eh? What a good idea. Who's had good service from BT since they were privatized? Or British Gas? She even sold the TSB because it was a working class bank. Not even sure the Government owned it but that didn't stop her.

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  • InsideStory  |  September 05 2012, 6:59PM

    This women ruined many people's lives when in power with privatizing anything and everything we ever owned leaving ex employees of these institutions out of pocket when they had to freeze their pensions,Also people are still suffering because of her privatization frenzy with High utility bills,water, bus fares etc so she as nothing to be proud of and the ordinary man in the street as nothing to thank her for .Only people with money idolize her.

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  • Bill_Door  |  September 05 2012, 6:53PM

    Mrs Thatcher was a lot like garlic. People were, and are, very polarised about her. You either like her (or garlic) or you don't. There's not much middle ground. But maybe her greatest disservice was to women. Certainly, there was a time when 'A woman as PM' was probably inspirational and a lot of women thought the glass ceiling had been broken at last. But any woman who aspires to be PM is inevitably going to be The New Thatcher, to whichever party she belongs, and will drag all the baggage of that time with her. I'd guess that Maggie put back the cause of women in politics far more than she advanced it.

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  • peak3  |  September 05 2012, 5:09PM

    the jolly fisherman has my respect & hes struggling at the moment, my main thoughts were the person that wore the clothes & the whole persona should not be glorified & lets hope the money goes to a charity preferably to the british homelss seen as any government perfers to house people from other countries. yes i remember all the strikes in the 70s you name it everyone was on strike (thatcher took away our free school milk for a while). anyway on reflection from 1979 pm woman of mass destruction this person does not deserve any credit & i suppose the clothes she wore at the time are not accountable but are a sad reminder of bad times for this country & everyone living in it. there were lots of strikes under thatchers rule apart from the miners, british rail at the time was a big issue but thats another story, apart from the success of the falklands, ruination of england & our identity can be down to margaret thatcher who in my eyes does not deserve anything but a bad life just like she put millions of other people through.

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  • letarighter  |  September 05 2012, 2:35PM

    But are they buying her clothes out of respect or because of her notoriety? Let's face it, if they auctioned Jack the Ripper's underpants, some folk would want to purchase them.

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  • Numb_Chumpy  |  September 05 2012, 9:32AM

    "destroyed our mining industry & many tens of thousands of jobs as well as family communities." You are aware that the Labour Party closed more coal mines than the Conservatives did, right? Right? Oh, silly me, of course you're not - that would mean letting facts get in the way of your predictable, froth-speckled invective, wouldn't it?

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  • Adrian1208  |  September 05 2012, 8:18AM

    peak3 She did destroy our unions, the day she defeated the miners union was the day workers rights went out the window, she had a personal vendetta against our miners because of what happend in 74. Her & that elderly American she imported hit the steel men first, Corby steel works was shut down overnight causing mass unemployment in the town. The privatisation program was just a joke, we owned those companys (The british public) by the time she had finished there was nothing left.

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  • gsx1100  |  September 04 2012, 9:40PM

    Wow, bleeding from the ears. Good shot somebody!!

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 04 2012, 9:04PM

    You are right, of course, gsx1100. Public employees went on strike over abysmal pay and conditions and the military had to step in with Green Goddesses replacing fire engines. Such a thing could never happen now. There are so few public employees that they can't embarrass the government. What happens now is that private companies grab jobseekers and put them in accommodation under railway bridges to prepare for training for the greatest sporting event on British soil ever, then other private companies fail to supply the staff they are paid for to provide the security for the event. Fortunately the current government have learnt lessons from the 1970s and did not have to fall back on help from the mili ... [Editor's note: Gnome has been taken away with bleeding from his ears]

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