Marie-Antoinette bath tub sextuples value

5th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, July 5 (AFP) - The basin in which former French queen Marie-Antoinette bathed in goat's milk at one of her Paris chateaux was sold to a French collector for GBP 3,000 (EUR 4,500, USD 5,500) - roughly six times the original estimate, the curator said Monday.

LONDON, July 5 (AFP) - The basin in which former French queen Marie-Antoinette bathed in goat's milk at one of her Paris chateaux was sold to a French collector for GBP 3,000 (EUR 4,500, USD 5,500) - roughly six times the original estimate, the curator said Monday.

The white marble tub, used during Marie-Antoinette's short-lived stay at the Chateau de Saint-Cloud in 1788, went at an auction in the English town of Cambridge to an unidentified French collector.

Sarah Flynn, the curator of the sale, said the experts' estimate for the tub was only 400 to 600 pounds, since the object had been damaged during the French Revolution.

Still, she added, the belongings of Marie-Antoinette, an ill-fated Habsburg princess married to Louis XVI who ended her days under the guillotine in 1793, continue to attract bidders.

"She was the most famous woman of the time, and for collectors her bath has enormous historical significance. It is a very glamorous item," Flynn said.

Widely despised and ridiculed in France during the 1780s for her perceived extravagance, the queen bought the Chateau de Saint-Cloud in 1785. It was nationalised during the French Revolution.

 

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