A four and a half inch long Victorian base metal ladies’ skirt lifter, c1870s, with crossed tennis rackets and three tennis balls motif, sold at Graham Budd’s Sports Memorabilia sale in early June. It reached an unprecedented price of £3,200, plus 17.5% buyers premium. The battle of bids was between a foreign bidder online and a foreign bidder on the telephone. Both parties desperate to win. Walker believes that this is the highest price paid for a skirt lifter. Quite possibly the tennis interest was more important than the interest in the skirt lifter. The tennis motif is not totally unique, others are known of and have sold at auction before, but not for such an enormous amount.
Page 10 of The Antiques Trade Gazette, 9th June 2018, has an article “Record Skirt lifter rises to the occasion” by Tom Derbyshire. There is also a longer version of the article online for subscribers to the Antiques Trade Gazette antiquestradegazette.com