WWI love letter with poppy makes $10,000

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2015-06-26 13:42:10

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WWI love letter with poppy makes $10,000

The love letter was written by an American in the trenches of WWI and includes a pressed poppy

A love letter written by an American first world war soldier to his lover back home has sold for 6,000 ($10,000) at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, UK.

The letter, which includes a pressed poppy, was valued at 500-1,000 ($840-1,680) - equating to an increase of 500%.

A man named Chas wrote the note, which auctioned on April 28. Little is known about him, save that he served with the American Expeditionary Forces.

Hansons poppy letterThe letter includes a pressed poppy from the battlefield

Charles Hanson commented prior to the sale: "I am unaware of any other WW1 French poppies in American collections or museums, and certainly I feel the endearing nature of the letter, containing such romance and affection, together with the French poppy representing love and remembrance, is something to be preserved for posterity.

"Whilst we will never know whether Chas survived WW1, and returned to his beloved, his words live on reminding us of those brave men and their families."

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