PARIS – A encoded letter written by Napoleon that stated he wanted to blow up the Kremlin in Russia has been auctioned off at Fontainebleau, a suburb of Paris, France, for $US220,000.
NDJ World | Published: Dec 02 2012 Lifestyle
A manuscript, also belonging to Bonaparte, fetched $US420,000.
The ‘Museum of Letters and Manuscripts’ in Paris, France, was the successful bidder for both objects.
The historic documents were sold for a much higher price than was expected. The encoded letter was expected to fetch between $uS15K and $US20K while the manuscript was thought to bring in between $US80K and $US100K.
The letter was written by Napoleon Bonaparte on October 20 1812, one day after he withdrew from Moscow, Russia. It was addressed to Hugues-Bernard Maret, minister of foreign affairs during Napoleon’s leadership, and signed ‘Nap’, short for Napoleon.
In the letter Napoleon requests survival supplies and pack animals because a Siberian frost had fallen on Moscow.
Napoleon’s manuscript was written during his stay at Saint-Helena and tells the story of the Emperor’s ground war in Russia. The document is 310 pages thick and contains 44 drawings.
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