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Marie Antoinette's Slippers Sell At Auction

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Marie Antoinette's Slippers Sell At Auction

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Marie Antoinette's Slippers Sell At Auction

Marie Antoinette's Slippers Sell At Auction

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Back in the 1700s, the resentful subjects of France's Marie Antoinette gave her the nickname: "Madame Deficit." The Queen's extravagant lifestyle ended at the guillotine. But she left behind some treasures — including a delicate pair of green and pink silk striped slippers. On the anniversary of her execution this week, they were sold by a Parisian auction house for more than $65,000.

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Back in the late 1700s, the resentful subjects of France's Marie Antoinette gave her the nickname Madame Deficit. The queen's extravagant lifestyle ended at the guillotine. But she left behind some treasures, including a delicate pair of green and pink silk striped slippers. On the anniversary of her execution this week, they were sold by a Parisian auction house at a price fit for a queen - more than $65,000. It's MORNING EDITION.

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