Iconic Thatcher handbag to be auctioned off for charity

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A HANDBAG which once belonged to Margaret Thatcher is set to be sold to benefit a charity of her choosing.

The leather bag is expected to raise thousands of pounds when it is sold off by Christie’s on June 27.

The black Asprey bag was used by Baroness Thatcher, who was born and raised in Grantham, at meetings with numerous heads of state, including former United States president Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The auction has been organised by Jeffrey Archer who has so far been donated around 15 items. Each item will be auctioned with the money raised going to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lord Archer announced the plan in his online blog.

He wrote: “Those who have already given something include Margaret Thatcher, Michael Parkinson, Terry O’Neil, Lawrence Dallaglio and Laurence Graff.

“More details will be released over the coming weeks.”

Lord Archer has donated an item of his own - the chief time-keeper’s stopwatch from the race at which Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four minute mile.

Baroness Thatcher was one of only two former Prime Ministers invited to today’s Royal wedding along with John Major. However, she will be unable to attend due to health reasons.

l Will you be bidding for Margaret Thatcher’s Asprey handbag? Would you add the item to your Margaret Thatcher collection if you could afford it? E-mail: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk