Top 5 Margaret Thatcher memorabilia ever auctioned


2015-06-26 13:13:44


Top 5 Margaret Thatcher memorabilia ever auctioned

Margaret Thatcher has always proved popular at auction, if not at the despatch box

The most controversial figures are often the most collectible. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is no exception.

Here is Paul Fraser Collectibles' Top 5 Margaret Thatcher memorabilia items ever auctioned.

Spitting Image puppet

Margaret Thatcher spitting image puppetThatcher's Spitting Image puppets were hugely popular

In the 1980s and early 1990s Spitting Image was Britain's most popular satirical comedy, with its grotesque portrayals of the leading political figures and celebrities of the day.

In June 2007, a Margaret Thatcher puppet, undoubtedly the show's most popular character, auctioned for 5,040 ($7,700) at Bonhams.

Business suit

Margaret Thatcher Suits Christie'sThatcher was wearing the green suit the day she became Tory leader

Thatcher was known for her distinctive, business-like attire

Her jade green wool business suit sold for 25,000 ($39,625) at Christie's in September 2012. Thatcher wore the suit on the day she was confirmed as leader of the Conservative party in February 1975,becoming the first female leader of a major political party in the UK.

Made by Mansfield of England in 1972, it is the most valuable Thatcher dress ever auctioned.

Helmut Newton's portrait

Helmut Newton Thatcher photographHelmut Newton produced the photograph in a limited edition of three

One of just three identical1991 photographic prints of Thatcher by Helmut Newton, signed and dated by the German-Australian artist, sold for 27,500 ($44,605) at Christie's in May 2011.

Northern Ireland "Battle Bus"

Margaret Thatcher Battle BusThe bomb-proof bus battled its way around Northern Ireland

Thatcher's Northern Ireland "Battle Bus" sold for 16,940 ($25,840), making a 41.1% increase on its 12,000 high estimate, at a JP Humbert auctionin February 2013.

It transported the former prime minister as she visited the troubled country during the 1980s, and was later used to carry troops.


Thatcher was rarely seen without her handbag

Thatcher was famous for her "handbaggings" of cabinet ministers, and the accessory is synonymous with the former prime minister.

A black Salvatore Ferragamo bag once owned by Thatcher sold for 82,110 ($125,000) at a charity auction in 2000.

It was followed in 2011 by a black Asprey handbag, which Thatcher had with her during important meetings with both Reagan and Gorbachev. It sold for 25,000 ($38,250).

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