Eleven letters sent by French political and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte are up for sale, including one he sent while occupying the Kremlin. Earlier, Napoleon’s bicorne hat was sold for about $2.1 million, setting a record.
Agence France-Presse reported that one of the manuscripts of Napoleon’s letters sold this time was dated September 18, 1812, written by him upon his arrival in Moscow during the Russian War. The letter states,RussiaMoscow is being burned by scorched-earth policy.
Napoleon wrote: “Today I visited the main city (of Moscow). It was once a magnificent city; I say ‘was’ because today more than half of the city is in flames.”
The manuscript of this letter has been sold for $58,300. Napoleon also mentioned in the letter that Moscow had rich reserves of wine.
He wrote: “We found cellars full of wine and spirits, of which we will need much. I captured the Kremlin, the king’s residence, which was built in the form of a high-walled fortress with a height of 15 meters and 1800 feet. Till. Searching.”
usaphiladelphiaHistorical document dealer selling Rab Collection letters. “This letter sent from Moscow is very strange and extraordinary,” said company head Nathan Raab.
Raab also said: “Napoleon was a great man, deeply admired by Americans. He was seen as a strong-headed emperor.”
Earlier, the two-horned hat worn by Napoleon when he became French emperor was displayed in Paris on the 19thauctionSold for 1.932 million euros (about US$2.1 million), breaking the price record of 1.884 million euros for a Napoleon hat sold by the same auction house in 2014.