Lot 276: Dutch-born dancer (1876–1917), nee Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, whose renown as a performer was permanently overshadowed by her activities as an Axis spy during World War I, which led to her execution by firing squad at the age of 41. ALS in French, one page, 6.25 x 8.75, November 11, no year. Letter to an unidentified woman, in full (translated): "I will come and see you one morning on the next few days. Thank you for your kind letter. I trust we will be able to find a suitable arrangement." She adds an equally long postscript below her signature: "I hope you do not resent me too much for this accident. I bear the greatest loss. But this will soon change." Central vertical and horizontal folds (vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), a few creases, and writing faded but legible, otherwise fine condition. A rarely seen and immensely desirable letter by one of the most intriguing figures of World War I.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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