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Wallis Simpson's smalls up for sale

Interest reported to be brisk in personal belongings of American divorcee who led British monarch to abdicate his throne.

Wallis Simpson with Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne in order to marry her.
Wallis Simpson with Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne in order to marry her.
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LINGERIE, HANDBAGS AND luggage once owned by Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who shook the British monarchy, are due to be auctioned off in London.

Kerry Taylor Auctioneers says that items due to be put up for sale include a scarlet chiffon nightdress, complete with a full length cape, and a 1960s Louis Vuitton vanity case. The auction is set for March 17.

The story of Simpson, for whom King Edward VIII abdicated in 1936, continues to fascinate. It’s currently being turned into a movie,  ’W.E.’, directed by Madonna. Simpson’s character also had a pretty unsympathetic cameo in the recent Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech.

Next week’s sale could be quite lucrative, if previous auctions of Simpson’s possessions are anything to go by. A set of jewels once owned by the socialite fetched nearly 8 million pounds ($13 million) at auction when they were sold by Sotheby’s two months ago.

-AP

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