Margaret Thatcher items could be yours from £100 up to £15,000
An auction of items which belonged to Margaret Thatcher will be auctioned online by Christie’s.
A ring she wore the day she became the UK’s first female Prime Minister in 1979 is among many personal possessions to be auctioned next month.
Christie’s auction house is holding the online sale of personal items to mark the 40th anniversary of her election.
The sale is to open for bidding between May 2 and 9.
A bracelet she wore while meeting Nelson Mandela, clothes and signature handbags will be sold.
Christie’s estimated the 170 lots could sell from between £100 to £15,000.
It is the third Christie’s auction of the belongings of Mrs Thatcher, who was born and educated in Grantham and died of a stroke in 2013.
The 18-carat gold and amethyst ring that she was photographed wearing when she arrived at 10 Downing Street, on May 4, 1979, is expected to sell for between £1,200 and £1,800.
Other items in the sale include a diamond-set gilt Cartier pen in its box and an Asprey handbag, which has a lizard skin exterior.
Adrian Hume-Sayer, director and specialist of private collections, said: “The market’s response to the historic sales in 2015 – both the online sale and the traditional live auction – was remarkable, with the overall result for The Mrs Thatcher Collection Part I and II far exceeding pre-sale expectations.
“Clients from all over the world seized the opportunity to acquire items which gave insights into the life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, who was a political giant on the world stage. In May 2019, Christie’s third and final sale in this trilogy of auctions coincides with the 40th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher’s historic election, offering collectors, admirers and enthusiasts with one last chance to bid for a memento of ‘The Iron Lady’.”
Mrs Thatcher and Mr Mandela met face-to-face in Downing Street in July 1990.
Following the release of Cabinet papers last year if was revealed that her private secretary Charles Powell wrote: “It was a successful meeting with an excellent atmosphere.
“Meeting him in person, I think she was impressed by his courtliness and obvious sincerity.
“The prime minister said there was absolutely no difference between her and Mandela that apartheid must go. It was wrong, immoral and contrary to the dignity of man.
“The prime minister concluded by saying South Africa was very fortunate to have President de Klerk and Mr Mandela at this juncture.”