Lot 808: Duplessis, Marie



2015-09-16 14:11:29

Lot 808: Duplessis Marie: (1824-1847) French Courtesan And Mistress To A Number Of Prominent Men. She Was The Inspiration For Marguerite Gautier The Main Character Of La Dame Aux Camélias By Alexandre Dumas Fils , One Of Duplessis' Lovers, Which Inspired Violetta Of Verdi'S Opera La Traviatta. Extremely Rare A.N.S., 'Bon Pour Deux Cents Francs - Marie Duplessis', One Page, Oblong 12Mo, Paris, 30Th October 1845, In French. The Document Is A Bill Of Exchange By Which Duplessis Gets Obliged To Pay 'End Of January 1847 I Will Pay To Monsieur L. Cerf Or To His Order The Amount Of Two Hundred Francs, Value Received In Goods'. Duplessis Writes Above Her Signature 'Voucher For Two Hundred Francs'. Two Stamps Validating The Document, One Blind Embossed, Both To The Front. To The Verso Cerf Discharges Duplessis Of Her Debt. Documents In Any Form Signed By Duplessis Are Extremely Rare Following Her Death At The Early Age Of 23. Irregularly Trimmed, With Some Light Overall Age Wear And With Few Very Small Holes, One Affecting Only The First Letter Of The Name. G Marie Duplessis Gets Obliged To Pay Her Debt End Of January 1847, And Will Die 3Rd February Of Tuberculosis. Within A Few Weeks Of Her Death, Her Belongings Were Auctioned Off To Pay Her Debts. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £1000-1200
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