The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has turned down the opportunity to showcase former prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s clothes.
The museum had discussed the possibility of acquiring some items from her wardrobe but said it only collected items of “outstanding aesthetic or technical quality” and declined to make a formal offer.
The clothes will be sold at auction next month instead.
”Several years ago, a general discussion took place to explore whether some pieces from the wardrobe of Baroness Thatcher might be added to the V&A’s collection,” said a spokeswoman for the V&A Museum. ”These conversations did not develop. The V&A would like to make it clear that no formal offer was made for the Museum to acquire the collection.”
Business secretary Sajid Javid wrote on Twitter: “Shame the V&A has turned down Thatcher’s personal collection. I for one would have loved to see it!”