Letter to Josephine fetches £650,000
rare love letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte to his future wife
Josephine de Beauharnais, has fetched more than $A650,000 ($NZ720,000)
- five times its estimated price - in London.
letter is said to be one of only three known correspondences from
Napoleon to Josephine before they were married.
had been expected to sell for about £50,000 but was snapped
up after a fierce bidding war for £276,000.
letter was sold as part of a collection which includes 570 handwritten
manuscripts by notable figures of European history including Lord
Byron, Elizabeth I, Sir Isaac Newton and Charlotte Bronte at Christie's