The Irish Times

Thatcher’s power-dressing clothes and handbags for sale

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There’s likely to be worldwide interest in Tuesday’s auction at Christie’s in London of clothes, jewellery, handbags and other items owned by the late Margaret Thatcher, British prime minister from 1979-1990, who died in 2013. She defined “power dressing” for women in the 1980s.

Among the highlights: a “Tank” raincoat by Aquascutum that she famously wore during a visit to British troops in Germany in 1986 is estimated at £10,000-£20,000; the Iron Lady-style camel-coloured cashmere coat with a mink collar by Aquascutum she wore to Moscow in March, 1987, is £1,500-£2,500; and a classic navy-blue leather handbag by Launer, London, together with a Washington University silk scarf (£2,000-£3,000).

Even her wedding outfit is for sale – the midnight blue velvet dress, blue velvet soft brimmed cap with a curled pink ostrich feather and a blue velvet muff is estimated at £10,000-£15,000.

Among the jewellery, the top lot is an art deco emerald and diamond necklace by Chaumet, circa 1930, estimated at £120,000- £180,000; a George III diamond flower brooch (£8,000£10,000); and a two-row cultured pearl necklace (£1,000-£1,500).

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Power dressing: The “Tank” raincoat Margaret Thatcher wore during a visit to British troops in Germany in 1986 and her wedding outfit are for sale
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