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Queen Victoria's stockings fetch nearly 700 at auction

Queen Victoria's silk stockings
The stocking style is thought to have been Queen Victoria"s favourite

A pair of Queen Victoria's silk stockings have been sold for almost £700 at auction in Edinburgh.

The black and white hand-stitched garments with crests are believed to date from 1874.

They were thought to have a been favourite style of the monarch and were valued at around £400.

A spokesman for auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull said the stockings had been bought by a dealer on behalf of a third party.

The stockings went under the hammer for £690 as part of a fine antiques sale.

It was not known how they ended up in the hands of the previous owner's family.

However, much of the monarch's wardrobe was distributed to members of the Royal household on her death in 1901.

Lee Young, head of antiques at Lyon and Turnbull, said examples of the Queen's undergarments had long been considered the "crowning glory" for Victoriana collectors around the world.

Another item of note in the sale was Napoleon's favourite pipe, which sold for £4,000.

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