Last month, Lussorian was granted exclusive access to the vaults of the oldest operational pawnbrokers in London, Suttons & Robertsons. With roots that go back to 1770, these guys really know their way around the pawnbroking business and they have some real gems in their vaults. This week… Dame Margot Fonteyn’s ballet slippers!
Born in 1919, Margot Fonteyn became one of the world`s leading classical ballet performers and to this day is still considered to be one of the pioneers of ballet, as we know it. During here time with The Royal Ballet, she was given the prestigious appointment of Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II.
Fonteyn is best known for performances in classic works such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet.
Hidden within our vault is a slice of this triumphantly successful history, a pair of Fonteyn`s ballet shoes from the 1940’s era.
Following her death in 1991, Fonteyn`s legacy has not diminished and the value of items associated with her esteemed past hold a strong value. These shoes were sold at auction in December 2000 for a value of £3,200 at Christie`s, South Kensington. This was not the only item to be auctioned on this day, as other one off items in the sale helped raise a total of more than £640,000.
Did you know? – Margot Fonteyn, at the tender age of 15 years old, was the youngest member ever of the Vic-Wells corps de ballet when she joined in 1934.
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