Published: 28th October 2014
Bidders from around the world have battled it out to buy a pair of bloomers belonging to Queen Victoria.
In the end, the pair of pants, which measured 52 inches round, were bought by an Israel-based royal memorabilia collector for £6,000.
The garment was accompanied by a 66-inch chemise designed to be a perfect fit for the Queen.
Michael Hogben, of Westenhanger Auctioneers in Folkstone, Kent, said that in his 40-year career the pants were among the strangest items he had ever sold.
Mr Hogben said that he was surprised by the fierce competition for the item, which also attracted telephone bids from America.
Recently the Y-fronts worn by Walter White in the hit series Breaking Bad sold for £6,180 at an auction in the USA, while underwear belonging to Elvis and Michael Jackson has also recently been put under the hammer.
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