VIENNA – What's a potty worth? Thousands of euros, if it was used by an Austrian empress — but much less than her footwear.
A chamber pot owned by Empress Elisabeth has fetched 4,290 euros (nearly $5,000) at an auction of imperial Austrian memorabilia in Vienna. But a pair of her white silk half boots went for 75,000 euros (nearly $85,000) — more than 10 times the lowest estimated price.
Most expensive was a set of white and gold dinnerware. It sold for more than 100,000 euros at Thursday's auction.
The Habsburg empire ended a century ago with the abdication of the last emperor. But the 19th-century empress, known in Austria as Sissi, remains idolized in her home country.