Napoleon Bonaparte's English letter may see $100,000



2015-06-26 12:52:45

Napoleon Bonaparte's English letter may see $100,000

A letter written in English by Napoleon Bonaparte has gone on show in Paris

A rare letter written in English by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte has gone on show in Paris, four days before it is due to be sold on June 10.

Napoleon Bonaparte Letter Napoleon failed to grasp the English language in Saint Helena

The letter demonstrates the emperor's struggle with the English language following his defeat at the battle of Waterloo. During his subsequent exile on the island of Saint Helena, Napoleon sought to learn English so as to better understand the language of his captors. The letter, dated March 1816, is one of just three examples written to his aide, Emmanuel, Comte de Las Cases. Las Cases served not only as Bonaparte's English teacher, but also as his unofficial secretary, taking down the notes that would eventually form the famous Mmorial de Ste Hlne. It begins: "

Count Las Case. It is two o'clock after midnight, I have enow sleep, I go then finish the night into to cause with you". In this instance, the French emperor states his wish to chat with Las Case, but has confused the word "chat" with the French "causer" which share similar meanings. The letter, which continues in broken English,is due to go on sale at Fountainbleu on Sunday with a pre-sale estimate of 60,000-80,000. Napoleon Bonaparte memorabilia continues to achieve remarkable prices at auction, with the PFC40 Autograph Index showing a 14.70% pa increase invalue for items signedby the controversial leaderbetween 2000 and 2011. Interest in Napoleon items is expected toincrease furtheras the 200 year anniversary of his death approaches in 2021. For more great reasons to invest in the "Little General", download our free investment report here. Paul Fraser Collectibles has three handwritten autographed letters from Napoleon Bonaparte as well as an authentic strand of his hair.

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