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Robert Wilde

Napoleon Letter Breaks Estimates

By December 14, 2012

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An interesting letter was recently auctioned: written in code, and signed by Napoleon, it was sent when the French Emperor was pondering a retreat when his Russian campaign in 1812 was failing. What's intrigued people, and the chief reason it far exceeded the estimate and sold for nearly a quarter of a million dollars, is that in it Napoleon promises to blow up the Kremlin in Moscow. In the end, of course, the Kremlin far outlived Napoleon's empire (and a few Russian ones besides.)

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