Geneva: A collection of rare
correspondence from the family of the last tsar of Russia,
Nicholas II, was sold for 304,000 euros, four times estimated
price, Geneva's state auction house said on Wednesday.
The sale of the letters and photographs, many of which
were sent between 1881 and 1959 to a Swiss tutor, "exceeded
our expectations... all the lots were sold," said auctioneer
Bernard Piguet in the Swiss city.
"The two main buyers are private Swiss collectors.
Russians also took part in the auction by telephone and in the
room, as did a small group of Americans," he told AFP.
The collection of 1,000 letters, 250 photos, 400
telegrams, 150 postcards and 12 imperial lunch menus were
discovered in a trunk by the descendants of Ferdinand
Thormeyer, tutor for Alexander III, Nicholas II and their
The private correspondence revealed a surprising facet
of the Russian imperial family.
Piguet said they showed people "who are disconnected
from reality, who did not see everything that would happen"
during the 1917 revolution.
The 45 lots had originally been valued at 50,000 to
First Published: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 08:41