That's one way to celebrate the Jubilee! Mystery bidder buys 'Queen's bloomers' for 11,000 on eBay
07:48 GMT, 23 May 2012
Vintage: The old knickers have turned up in Diamond Jubilee year
IT is hardly the most dignified tribute one could pay to Her Majesty in her jubilee year.
But one mystery bidder is obviously a huge fan of the Queen, after paying a remarkable 11,390 for what purports to be a pair of her old bloomers on eBay.
The knickers, embroidered with the letter ‘E’ and a picture of a crown, are at least 44 years old and there is no proof that they did indeed belong to the Queen.
But that didn’t appear to deter the anonymous bidder who snapped them up yesterday in the online auction.
The undergarment was sold by the estate of the late ‘Baron’ Joseph de Bicske Dobronyi, a Hungarian-born self-styled aristocrat who claimed they were left behind on a private plane when the Queen visited Chile in 1968. The Miami playboy and jeweller, who died in 2010, said they were given to him by the pilot.
Bloomin' 'eck! Are these Queen Elizabeth II's lost knickers You'll have to buy them before you can be sure
There were 18 bids in total, and the final sum outdid last year’s sale of an item of Queen Victoria’s underwear for 9,375.
The ‘vintage’ 26-inch knickers in the latest sale, listed as ‘previously used’, were advertised as being in good condition, despite some signs of aging.
Touting the auction as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire and own a piece of collectable royal memorabilia’, the listing nevertheless stressed that it was the buyer’s responsibility to verify the bloomers’ provenance.