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Quarter million pound price tag for Margaret Thatcher's dispatch box

Former Prime Minster, Margaret Thatcher's, red prime ministerial dispatch box has sold at auction for almost a quarter of a million pounds.

The dispatch box was estimated between £3,000 & £5,000 Credit: Press Association

A bidding war was sparked for the box, which was originally estimated at between £3,000 and £5,000, eventually selling for £242,500.

The dispatch box attracted bidders from South Korea, Malta and those at the auction in London.


Margaret Thatcher's wedding dress sells for £25,000

Margaret Thatcher's wedding dress has sold for £25,000 as the auction of the late prime minister's personal belongings kicks off.

Thatcher's wedding dress was expected to sell for between £10,000 - £15,000 Credit: Press Association

Her dispatch box and an array of power suits are also to be sold at today's auction, which organisers hailed as "historic".

The sale comes after the V&A reportedly turned down the chance to exhibit the collection - a claim denied by the museum.

Baroness Thatcher wore the midnight blue velvet dress and matching muff at her wedding to Dennis Thatcher on December 13 1951 at Wesley's Chapel in London.

The dress sold just days after what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary.

Some 150 items are going under the hammer at the sale at Christie's auction house in Piccadilly, central London.

While another 200 lots are being sold online in a sale that closes tomorrow.

The sale takes place 25 years after Baroness Thatcher left office and in the year when she would have celebrated her 90th birthday.

The auction house said it expects a lot of interest, and bids were placed from all over the world - including Australia, South Korea and America.

New documents relating to IRA attack at event hosted by Margaret Thatcher are released

More details have emerged for the first time about a bomb attack in a Brighton hotel which was planned to kill Grantham born Margaret Thatcher.

The late PM's hairdresser William Thorne

New documents have been revealed relating to the Tory Party Conference Baroness Thatcher was hosting - when an explosive planted by the provisional IRA went off in a hotel room in the early hours of the morning.

They include a letter she wrote to her hairdresser thanking him and also apologising for cancelling an appointment. Mrs Thatcher survived the attack, but five people died and 31 were injured. It's 30 years on Sunday since the bomb blast happened.

A letter to William Thorne

Margaret Thatcher's hairdresser speaks out about Brighton bomb

The man responsible for doing Margaret Thatcher's hair has spoken out for the first time about a bomb attack in Brighton 30 years ago which was organised to try and kill her. Mrs Thatcher was hosting a Tory Party Conference at the Grand Hotel in 1984 when the attack by the provisional IRA took place.

The Grantham born former Prime Minister escaped unhurt, but the bomb killed five people and seriously injured 31. Now her hairdresser at the conference, William Thorne, has spoken out for the first time, revealing how she pressed on with the conference, but personally apologised to him for cancelling a hair appointment.

The huge bomb was planted by a member of the provisional IRA in a hotel bathroom, and it detonated just before 3am. The Prime Minister, who was up at the time writing her keynote speech, survived and insisted the conference would still go ahead. On Sunday it will be the 30th anniversary of the blast.


Bust to commemorate Margaret Thatcher unveiled

In life she was considered a divisive politician, lauded by some, but blamed by many in our region for the demise of the mining industry.

But as the first anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's death approaches, a museum in her birthplace of Grantham has seen a renewed interest in her life and legacy.

As a new exhibition on the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain opens, Helen Steel went to meet a sculptor who wants to portray the Iron Lady in a positive light:

Could Government papers vindicate Scargill?

Newly-released cabinet papers appear to show Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government did have a secret "hit list" of more than 70 pits earmarked for closure, In what could be a case of vindication at last for the former miners' leader, Arthur Scargill.

The government and the National Coal Board said at the time they wanted to close 20 collieries. But the documents reveal a plan to shut 75 over three years.

And it's also confirmed today that Mrs.Thatcher considered sending in troops to break the year-long miners' strike in the 80's. David Hirst reports.

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