Two pairs of iconic ballet shoes found at a valuation day in Lichfield

Rare ballet shoes are set to go under the hammer after coming to light in Lichfield.

A pair worn by Moira Shearer in the 1948 film The Red Shoes were uncovered at a valuation day in held in the city by Hansons Auctioneers.

They will be sold at an auction in Derbyshire on June 26, along with ballet shoes belonging to Dame Margot Fonteyn and Mary Honer.

Two pairs of iconic ballet shoes found at a valuation day in Lichfield

The three pairs found in Lichfield are expected to fetch £1,000 in the sale.

Valuer Adrian Rathbone said he was surprised to see what good the condition the shoes were in.

“Our vendor would rather remain anonymous, but we a delighted to be handling them.

“It is a delight to have a slice of theatrical glamour in our June auction.

“The iconic ‘Red Shoes’ belonged to one of British cinema’s most classic films and to handle and touch something that actually appeared in the film is like stepping back in time to the golden age of cinema.

“Having Dame Margot Fonteyn’s and Mary Honer’s shoes complements this unique consignment.”

The items were presented to the current owner – a ballet teacher – as a gift after being on display in a private collection.

“I hope that the shoes will find a new home either in a museum or a private collection where they will be cherished as mementoes of cinema and ballet history,” said Mr Rathbone.

“We hope cumulatively they may realise over £1,000 – with good posture, poise and balance we hope they may glide away!”


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