Monday, September 24, 2012

Imelda Marcos's shoe collection devastated by termites

Termites have destroyed most of Imelda Marcos’s world famous shoe collection. When Ferdinand and Imelda fled the Presidential Palace and were exiled to the United States their possessions were left behind. This included over 1,220 pairs pairs of Imelda Marcos' shoes. Over two and a half decades later many of the shoes were covered in mold.

More than 150 boxes of the Marcoses' clothes, accessories and shoes were transferred to the museum for safekeeping. There they deteriorated further as the fragile boxes were abandoned in a padlocked museum hall flooded with tropical storms. Besides the historical significance the shoes hold great value to collectors and in the past shoes belonging to Imelda have been auctioned for as much as $10,000. It is unclear at this time how manyof the original collection they might be able to salvage and where, if at all, they will be displayed. Imelda Marcos has always claimed that the designer shoes were gifts or counterfeit. She maintains that they are the leading evidence in her defense, “They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”

The city government of Marikina have offered to restore the shoes and house them at the Marikina Shoe Museum. The Marikina Shoe Museum proudly displays 765 shoes of Marcos which she wore when she was first lady.

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