Queen Victoria's underpants sold for £6,000 at auction

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
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