Lot 314: Manuscript DS in French, signed "Bonaparte," three pages both sides, 8.75 x 12.25, October 28, 1801. Untranslated marriage contract between Major Leon Aune of the Consular Guard and Anne Clair. Initialed on each page by the bride and groom and boldly signed at the conclusion by Napoleon and several others, including General Marie-Francois Auguste de Caffarelli and French Marshals Jean Lannes and Jean-Baptiste Bessieres, all three of whom were commanders associated with the Consular Guard. In fine condition, with expected document wear. Lannes and Bessieres are rather scarce and sought-after autographs on their own, making this already desirable document even more so. Napoleon's exceptionally bold signature and the general association with his Consular Guard render this an exceptional piece.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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