Double-Decker Bus Makes $106,120 at Christie’s London–Themed Sale

Routemaster double-decker bus, 1966. (Courtesy Christie’s)

Seven of Margaret Thatcher’s suits, a solid gold medal won by a British athlete at the 1908 Olympics, a photograph of Amy Winehouse and a candy apple red double-decker bus were all items that sold at the London Sale at Christie’s London today. The sale, which brought in a total of $2,286,859, was the culmination of an extended six-week selling exhibition that was timed with the Olympics.

While there were enough oil paintings of notable London landmarks to fill a manor on the English countryside, it was Margaret Thatcher’s ensembles and the iconic red bus that seem to have stolen the show.

Each of Ms. Thatcher’s outfits exceeded its high estimate of $2,300, with one particular jade green business suit—worn by the former prime minister the day in 1975 that she was confirmed as Conservative Party leader—taking the cake when it sold for $39,450. The bus went for $106,120, more than doubling its high estimate, and earning it the only all-cap pronouncement (“SOLD!”) by Christie’s on Twitter during the sale. Both the bus and all but one of Ms. Thatcher’s suits went to an online bidder from South Korea.