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Queen Victoria's bloomers up for auction in the UK

Queen Victoria's bloomers that are up for auction in the U.K. (Henry Aldridge & Son).

Queen Victoria's bloomers that are up for auction in the U.K. (Henry Aldridge & Son).

A pair of linen bloomers that once belonged to Queen Victoria are up for auction in the U.K. later this month.

The split drawers have a 42.5-inch drawstring waist and are embroidered with the royal monogram “V.R.” for “Victoria Regina (Queen Victoria)” and the number “23.” Auction house Henry Aldridge & Son told FoxNews.com that the bloomers were given to the seller’s grandmother by one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting.

Queen Victoria lived from 1819 to 1901, and reigned from 1837 until her death.

Henry Aldridge & Son estimates that the pants date to the late 1880’s or early 1890’s.

TITANIC TREASURES SOLD AT UK AUCTION

A linen chemise, or shirt-like undergarment, embroidered with the monogram “V.R.” and the number “32,” will also be auctioned by Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, U.K on Dec. 17. The chemise is from the same seller as the bloomers.

“Both items are in remarkable condition considering their age,” Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told FoxNews.com, via email. “Items of Royal memorabilia of this nature are always keenly contested, they are a cross collectable and appeal to both royal collectors and those individuals who would like to buy something [of] a rarity or conversation piece that’s a bit different.”

The bloomers have a pre-sale estimate of between $5,091 and $7,637. The chemise has a pre-sale estimate of between $764 and $1,018.

Last year a pair of Queen Victoria’s cotton pants sold for over $13,000 at auction in the U.K.

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