Lot 262: Catherine the Great

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2015-07-07 11:00:25

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Lot 262: LS in Cyrillic, one page, 7.75 x 12, August 24, 1786. Letter to her lover, Grigory Potemkin. In full (translated): "It is necessary that fifteen thousand rubles earned by the carpenters wages for the month of September of this year be distributed at the Kherson Shipyard. We have ordered that bank notes be released to your department from Saint Petersburg for the remaining sums from the Treasury, trusting you to receive and use them to make the disposition at your discretion." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds (passing through part of the first letter of her signature), light staining to edges, and a trivial chip to one corner tip. Potemkin founded Kherson in 1778 as a naval station, fortress, and shipbuilding center, and from there in 1783 he launched a 66-cannon battleship named 'Catherine's Glory.' By 1786 their on-again off-again relationship had cooled, but would reignite soon after when Catherine toured the Crimea with Potemkin. A supremely desirable piece of correspondence from this famous royal relationship. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $4000-5000
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