Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Louise's auction nets $20,500

June 14, 1917

Princess Louise of Belgium's wardrobe was sold at public auction today at Munich, reports the New York Times, which received the dispatch via London.   The auction was for the benefit of Louise's creditors.  The sale was "staged in a theatre and extended  over several days."   The sale included a "bewildering array" of lingerie, gowns, parasols and hats,  the contents of seventy-two trunks.

The auction netted 82,000 marks, which is approximately $20,500.   

Princess Louise is the eldest daughter of the late King Leopold II of the Belgians.   She was married to Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, but the marriage was dissolved by divorce.   Her "love affairs, extravagances, and family quarrels" have kept her "constantly in the limelight."

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