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    Posted on Sep 25, 2012

    The Greatest Shoe Collection Of All Time

    Has been destroyed. Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos' 2,700 shoe collection has succumbed to termites and water damage — but it won't be forgotten.

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    Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, was known around the world for her ridiculously massive collection of fancy footwear. But the collection of around 2,700 shoes is largely ruined by termites and water damage thanks to neglect by the museum that kept the collection.

    Here's how things look now:

    Bullit Marquez / AP

    And here's what was:

    While much of her country struggled through poverty (sometimes, shoeless), Marcos collection of around 2,700 shoes was seen (obviously) as a sign of excess.

    She didn't just have shoes with designer labels — sometimes, her name was the label.

    FILE / AP

    In the 1980s, she and her dictator husband were driven into exile — but little could dampen her shoe appetite. As Marcos once said,

    "Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.

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