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Imperial hat fetches 134,500 euros at auction

April 30, 2014

VIENNA (AP) — The Austrian emperor’s underwear wasn’t much of a draw. But his wife’s riding hat fetched 134,500 euros (nearly $190,000.)

The two items were among the personal articles from the family of Franz Josef I, Austria’s last emperor, that went under the hammer Wednesday at a prestigious Vienna auction house. Also on offer were a lock of his hair as a child, two cigars from the imperial humidor and Empress Elisabeth ermine hand-warmer.

The winning bid for the riding hat outdid expectations. Not so for Franz Josef’s monogrammed tighty-whities.

They went for their estimated value — 2,500 euros (about $3,500).

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