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Queen Victoria's Undies Sell At Auction For $17,000

Whoa - just 5 feet tall, but with a 50-inch waist and 66-inch bust? Holy damn!

Suffice it to say that her royal highness was what we in contemporary American society would call THICK! Although, it's not obvious in all the images I've seen of her.

LONDON — A pair of Queen Victoria's bloomers, with a 50-inch waist, were snapped up for $9,000 by a Canadian buyer at a central England auction Wednesday. Auctioneer Charles Hanson said Queen Victoria's underpants belonged to "a very big lady of quite small stature with a very wide girth." She was said to be 5 feet tall. The handmade knickers, which date back to the 1890s, bear the monogram "VR" for Victoria Regina. They are open-crotch style, with separate legs joined by a drawstring at the waist, a popular style in the late Victorian era. The royal drawers belonged to a family in western England whose ancestor was a lady-in-waiting for the queen. Also up for auction was Queen Victoria's chemise, with a 66-inch bust, sold for $8,000. Her nightgown sold for $11,000.

Queen Victoria lived from 1819 to 1901. She became queen at age 18 and was the U.K.'s longest-reigning monarch.



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