Margaret Thatcher Image via Christie's Margaret Thatcher
Image via Christie's

The sale of some 400 lots, both of historical and personal importance to Thatcher, went under the hammer, including her red leather Prime Ministerial Dispatch box, signed copies of landmark speeches and presents international leaders, as well as and clothes, including her wedding outfit.

The auction was split into two sales, one at Christie's King Street saleroom and the other was held online from 3rd December until today, 16th.

The sale certainly delved into the history of Thatcher's time at Number 10 as it featured a silver bowl inscribed with "The Lady's Not for Turning" as well as a typescript for the statement she made in 1979 outside 10 Downing Street on becoming prime minister. As the famous speech goes: "Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope" complete with the misspelling of "dispair" for "despair."

Christie's global president, Jussi Pylkkänen headed proceedings, which began with the sale of Thatcher's wedding outfit, a''Midnight Blue Velvet Wedding Ensemble." The dress had a hammer price of £25 000 against an estimate of £10 000-15 0000.

Online bidding during the sale was fierce, with bids flying in from around the globe. Finland, Korea, Bermuda, Australia and more.

A highlight of the sale was a bronze of Churchill and his wife which was expected to fetch £8-12 000, which incredibly made £43 750. The silver bowl inscribed with "The Lady's Not for Turning" had a modest estimate of £300-500 and again, in another stellar bidding war, went under the gavel at £47 500.

Bids flew in from around the world for Mrs Thatcher's prime ministerial red box, which had an estimate of £3 000-5 000, and was finally sold for  £242 500.

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The most impressive was yet to come as a 26-inch model of an American bald eagle which was gifted to Mrs Thatcher from President Reagan had an estimate of £5-8 000. Of course, in the style of this sale, it went for £266 500.

It really does seem the Lady's not for turning.

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