A pair of bloomers that belonged to Queen Victoria have been sold for £6,000 at an auction room in Folkestone, Kent.
They were, by any standards very big royal pants. Measuring 52 inches round and accompanied by a 66in chemise that could accommodate the most regal bust.
The pants are understood to have been bought by an Israel-based royal memorabilia collector.
They were certainly some of the strangest items I have sold in 40 years.
I was surprised by the amount of interest. We had telephone bids lining up from America to Israel.
- Michael Hogben, Westenhanger Auctioneers
There appears to be a growing trend for celebrity under-garments. Elsewhere, the “tighty whities” worn by Walter White character in the Breaking Bad television series sold at auction two weeks ago for $9,900 (£6,180).
Other performers whose scanties have been sold off recently range from Elvis to Michael Jackson.