A pair of stockings owned by Queen Victoria sparked a battle between bidders as far-flung as Canada, with the tights finally fetching £8,000 - 40 times more than the list price of £200.
David Alcock, the winning bidder, decided that the stockings
were perfect for the Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum in Nottingham - an institution which his father-in-law was a curator for.
Mr Alcock was delighted to secure the tights
for the museum and said: "I am over the moon. I was wary that they may go for such a high price but we were fairly determined.
"We were fortunate enough to get them and the family will be really pleased."
The Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum describes itself as a Victorian "time-capsule" which brings machine knitting history to life.
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