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The accounts in the London papers of the auction of the Marquis of Anglesey's wardrobe are most amusing. Many things, it appears, went at stiff prices, so eager was the public to acquire some of the outrageously extravagant costumes. " Every one agreed that it was the most wonderful collection of personal clothing ever sold," says the Daily Mail, in summing up the last day's sales, and adds : " The sale opened with a somewhat sensational duel between the London ' ring' (of dealers) and a Baugor broker for the possession of a sky-blue silk bath-gown. Ladies murmured that it was very pretty and thought they would go to a guinea for it, but in a sharp volley of ten-shil-ling bids the price rose to £8 10s, at which the Bangor man was content to stop. " Upon my word and honour,' said Mr. Drew, the auctioneer, in good spirits at such a start, "you must want a bath very much." There were two similar bath-gowns, one in heliotrope and one in red, and they were only acquired by the London 'ring' for £10 each. This was an excellent start, but after twenty-seven simple towel bath-gowns in beautiful shades had gone for prices ranging from £1 to £2 10s, or rather more than their first value, something like gravity fell upon the gathering. The auctioneer forgot to crack jokes, the ladies were silent, and the men bid seriously. All seemed hypnotised by the long procession of silken dressing-gowirs which passed in parade before them. That one man could collect a hundred such beautiful creations seemed almost appalling, even after two days spent with other equally costly personal clothing. The artistic handwork on some must have taken months to complete, and the earth had beeu ransacked for dyes and fabrics for the making of unique gowns. Many seemed to i startling and outlandish for use off the stage, but others were artistic harmonies in quietly rich silks. A heliotrope silk gown, lined with expensive gray squirrel, sold for £27, and three of Charvet's confections, which cost thirty guineas each, realised £22, £20, and £iB. There followed two bardic cloaks in crimson and green silk, made for the marquis when he was chaired at the Bangor Eisteddfod, and at £5 10s and £3 15s they were probably the cheapest things sold. The rage of bidding and the desire to secure souvenirs of a remarkable auction led both sexes to give outrageous prices for satchets, pyjama cases, and other little appurtenances of the toilet. Silk braces brought a sovereign apiece, and eigTit pairs of sock suspenders went to a lady for 18s."

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THE MARQUIS OF ANGLESEY., Evening Post, Volume LXVIII, Issue LXVIII, 5 November 1904

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THE MARQUIS OF ANGLESEY. Evening Post, Volume LXVIII, Issue LXVIII, 5 November 1904