“It’s a fascinating panorama of the life of one of the great leaders of our time,” says Meredith Etherington-Smith, the creative director of an upcoming sale of items belonging to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a recent video release by Christie’s auction house. The announcement highlights some of the more noteworthy items up for sale at its December event.
Such pricey standouts include: her wedding outfit (estimate: £10,000-15,000); a red leather Prime Ministerial Dispatch box (estimate: £3,000-5,000); a 20th century Kaiser bisque figure of an American bald eagle which was a gift from President Ronald Reagan; alongside jewelry such as an Art Deco emerald and diamond necklace by Chaumet, circa 1930 (estimate: £120,000-180,000). In addition an array of handbags, “power suits,” and other clothing that clearly meant “business” will be offered.
The auction house expects items to garner bids ranging from £200 up to £180,000 each.
Christie’s explains: “These auctions present unique opportunities for collectors to acquire property from the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century — and the only woman to have held Office to date.” Thatcher served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for 11 years (1979-1990).
Coinciding with what would have been the “Iron Lady’s” 90th birthday, the two sales events will be held just in time for the holidays. The first auction comprised of approximately 150 lots will be held at the Christie’s headquarters on December 15th and the second will offer 200 lots for bid online from December 6th through the 16th.