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Russian Imperial Family’s correspondence auctioned off in Geneva

December 10, 2013, 20:27 UTC+3 GENEVA
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GENEVA, December 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Correspondence between Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna of Russia, a daughter of Russian Emperor Nicholas I, with other members of the Russian Imperial Family were sold at an auction in Geneva for 743, 500 Swiss francs (an equivalent to 833,600 dollars) on Monday, December 9.

Two hundred and thirty letters of Grand Duchess Olga who moved to live in Germany in 1846 after she had married Charles I of Wurttemberg were part of an auction organized by the Geneva Auction House.

The letters were finally sold at a price, which exceeded the starting estimated price almost fourteen times.

In the letters, Russian Emperor Nicholas I, Tsar Alexander II, who was Olga’s brother, and other members of the Russian Imperial Family wrote to Olga who was living far away from Russia about the latest news and rumours at home and elaborated on politics. Nicholas I advised his daughter how to behave herself in order to preserve good diplomatic relations between Germany and Russia. Later on, Tsar Alexander II, who ascended to the throne after the death of his Father Nicholas I, shared his political thoughts with his sister.

The letters were divided into 15 lots. There were several claimants on the historical rarities. A buyer from the room who preferred to stay anonymous bought most of the letters numbering 750 pages.

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