Dutch queen's childhood drawings sell for 16,750 euros

15th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Six drawings by Dutch Queen Beatrix when she was a girl sold in auction in Amsterdam on Wednesday for 16,750 euros, auction house Christie's announced.

"The drawings are not dated," Christie's spokesman Maarten van Gijn told AFP. Their quality suggested they were made when she was 10 or 12 years old, he said. The popular queen is now aged 72.

"On one of the drawings, she wrote 'Maison de bonatraie' for 'Maison de bonneterie' so she had also not yet had many classes in French either," he said.

The Maison de Bonneterie is a chain of upscale department stores in The Netherlands.

Other drawings are of a horse, ballerinas, models and elves, van Gijn said.

They were all bought by Dutch beauty products and electrical appliances company the Ouberg Group, which has a range called Princess, he said.

"On the drawing representing a horse we can see on the bottom left signed the letters T, V and O, for 'Trix van Oranje' (Beatrix of Orange)," he said.

The young Beatrix gave the drawings to someone who worked in the court, whose inheritors decided to put them up for auction, he said.

Beatrix in April celebrated 30 years on the Dutch throne.

© 2010 AFP

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