Tsar Nicholas II letters sold for record CHF 120,000

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2015-06-26 10:30:06

Tsar Nicholas II letters sold for record CHF 120,000

In Geneva yesterday, records were broken at an Imperial and Royals sale at the Hotel des Ventes de Geneve.

The highlights of this impressive sale, featuring property from Russia’s Royal family, were four letters written by Tsar Nicholas II. Coming from the collection of H.I.H. Prince Nicolas Romanov, a descendent of Russia’s imperial dynasty, the letters were all directed to the Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich. The four letters achieved CHF 120,000 overall, after an estimate of just CHF 9,000-14,000.

Each of the four letters alone established a world record for letters by Tsar Nicholas II. They are major historical documents, illustrating Russia’s involvement in the First World War, as well as the Tsar’s concern for the well-being of his army.

The letters also express the close links between the Tsar and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, even following his dismissal from the post of Supreme Commander of the Imperial Armies.

They were all bought by a Russian collector based in Monaco, who also won a large number of imperial photographs, and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich’s campaign helmet with a bid of CHF 26,700, far above the CHF 500 estimate.

H.I.H. Prince Nicolas Romanov was said to be pleased that the items were purchased by a single bidder, and a Russian history buff at that.

Another highlight at the auction was an array of souvenirs from the personal collection of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, results totalling CHF 180,600. Items from this selection included a military decoration for the Imperial Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, sold for CHF 79,000, and the queen’s fan decorated with the royal monogram in diamonds, rubies and emeralds, sold for CHF 4,800.

Further Russian luxuries included three pieces of Faberge silverware sold for CHF 80,300, and an enamel tea service by goldsmith Pavel Ovchinnikov sold for CHF 48,600.

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