- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Lingerie, handbags and luggage once owned by Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who shook the British monarchy, are due to be auctioned off in London.

Kerry Taylor Auctioneers says that items due to be put up for sale include a scarlet chiffon nightdress, complete with a full length cape, and a 1960s Louis Vuitton vanity case. The auction is set for March 17.

The story of Simpson, for whom King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936, continues to fascinate. It’s currently being turned into a movie, “W.E.,” directed by Madonna. It was also a key part of “The King’s Speech,” which was crowned best picture Sunday at the Academy Awards ceremony and won four Oscars in all, including a best-actor prize for Colin Firth as stammering British ruler George VI, Edward’s brother.

Next week’s sale could be quite lucrative, if previous auctions of Simpson’s possessions are anything to go by. A set of jewels once owned by the socialite fetched nearly 8 million pounds ($13 million) at auction when they were sold by Sotheby’s two months ago.

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