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187,000 Euro Letter Sold in Paris

Posted: Dec. 4th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Penned by the great French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, a very rare letter threatening to “blow up the Kremlin” sold for an eye-popping 187,000 Euro's, a sale price nearly ten times more than originally estimated for the hand written threat against Moscow. The letter was purchased by a museum in Paris and is likely to soon go on display.

A rare letter in which French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte vowed to "blow up the Kremlin" fetched 10 times more than expected at an auction in France at the weekend.

The code-written letter, signed "Nap" and dated October 20, 1812, sold for 187,500 euros in all at a sale organised by Osenat auction house near Paris on Sunday.

Initial estimates indicated it would fetch 10,000 to 15,000 euros. When the hammer came down, a telephone bidder for a Paris-based manuscript museum snapped it up for 150,000, or a final total of 187,500 euros when additional costs are included.

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