Thatcher power suit sold for $39,670 at auction

September 4, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Britain Thatcher’s Suits.

FILE - This is a Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 file photo of the business suits of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher seen on display at Christie's auction house in London. The turquoise wool suit, nearest the camera, that Margaret Thatcher wore on the day she was confirmed as Conservative Party leader has sold at auction for 25,000 pounds (US$39,670) on Monday Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

LONDON (AP) — A turquoise wool suit that Margaret Thatcher wore on the day she was confirmed as Conservative Party leader has sold at auction for 25,000 pounds ($39,670).

An anonymous bidder bought the dress suit, by British designer Mansfield, at a Christie's auction in London late Monday.

Separately, a buyer in South Korea snagged six other striking outfits on auction, all of which were worn by Thatcher in the 1970s before she became prime minister.

Those outfits included a canary yellow dress with navy trim and a matching jacket that the former leader wore to the Conservative Party Conference in 1975; a blush pink outfit Thatcher wore in a BBC show in which she was interviewed about her skin care regime; and a silver and gold cocktail ensemble.

In total, the outfits fetched a little more than 73,000 pounds — far exceeding the initial estimates of 1,000 to 1,500 pounds for each outfit.

The sales were part of a "London" themed auction that included royal, Olympic and political memorabilia.