France: Mitterrand items auctioned
( AP ) - An auction of items belonged to the late French President Francois Mitterrand, including his famous black felt hat, raised nearly $220,000 for his widow's charity.
The felt hat of the late Socialist leader went for $11,523, the Espace Tajan auction house said Tuesday.
A casual straw hat that Mitterrand took on his vacations went for $2,068. And a pair of black velvet slippers embroidered with a red rose - the symbol of Mitterrand's Socialist Party - sold for $1,477.
The proceeds are going to Danielle Mitterrand's international human rights charity, France Libertes.
Mitterrand, who served from 1981 to 1995, died of prostate cancer at age 79, seven months after leaving office.