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Slip into royal memorabilia

Items of clothing and the like once owned by Austrian imperial family lead recent highlights

Austrian, German and Swiss hammer highlights

£1 = €1.13

Imperial souvenirs, Expressionist portraits and metalware from Augsburg and Iran all feature among these highlights from recent sales across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Royal memorabilia

Dorotheum (25/20/15% buyer’s premium) in Vienna holds regular sales of memorabilia from the Habsburg and Austrian imperial era and achieves some remarkable prices.

The auction on June 18 proved to be no exception. The fact that personal possessions of the Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth ever came onto the market is due to the permission granted by the monarch that close attendants, in particular his personal valet Eugen Ketterl, were allowed to sell items of clothing and the like that were no longer in use.

Other items in the sale were one-time imperial presents to members of the court or trusted servants. This time around, a pair of the emperor’s personal silk-lined goatskin slippers (previewed in ATG No 2345) was bid to €9000 (£7965). Another pair changed hands (or feet) for the estimated €5000 (£4425).

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