4 Sep 2012

Thatcher outfits sold at auction

6:51 pm on 4 September 2012

Seven outfits worn by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher were sold at auction on Monday for £73,125 at Christie's in London.

Baroness Thatcher, 86, was noted for choosing her clothes carefully to convey power and authority.

A jade green wool suit worn on the day she was confirmed as Tory party leader in February 1975 sold for £25,000.

An anonymous purchaser bought the suit and an online bidder in South Korea acquired the other items.

The BBC reports the jade green suit was by British designer Mansfield. The other lots included a striking yellow dress with navy trim that she wore at her first party conference as leader in 1975.

A number of the other suits were worn during television or radio appearances.

An Asprey handbag carried by Baroness Thatcher when meeting US President Ronald Reagan in 1985 raised £25,000 at a charity auction last year.