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Queen Victoria

Alexandra Kim, curator of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, holds a pair of bloomers which once belonged to Britain's Queen Victoria, as she poses for the photographer at Kensington Palace, in central London, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. The underwear, which has a 56-inch (142-centimeter) waist, has been added to Britain's Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace. It has a matching chemise, is embroidered with a "VR" and is believed to date from the 1890s. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Queen Victoria's underwear sold for almost $15,000

January 1, 1970

A pair of silk bloomers that belonged to Britain's Queen Victoria has sold at auction for 9,375 pounds ($14,950) — three times the underwear's pre-sale estimate.