U.S. and Worldwide Stamps; South America; Russia
January 13-14, 2010

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Lot #3001
RUSSIA - AUTOGRAPHS
Nicholas, I, Tsar (1796-1855), illuminated Grant of Nobility, on vellum in Russian and Polish, awarding a title to a Mikolaj Skrobecky, dated April 21, 1840, 4 pages, folio manuscript on vellum (410x270), with printed imperial Eagle and Coat of Arms of flaming cannonball surmounted by broken arrow and stars, with decorative plumed crown in gouache and gilt. Text is in two columns, in it the tsar of All Russia and the King of Poland bestows the title, with an official coat of arms to a Captain of the Guards of the former Polish Army (one of very few such grants to the former Polish officers), the final leaf signed by Nicholas I and W.Plonikowski, Secretary of State. A beautiful document. The oppressive policies of Nicholas I, led to a bloody rebellion in 1831, which was crushed by the tsar, with Russification of Poland and disbandment of the Polish Army.
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Lot #3002
RUSSIA - AUTOGRAPHS
Chaliapin, Fyodor I (1873-1938), Russian operatic bass, famous for his acting as well as for his voice; he settled in France after the Russian Revolution, bold signature on a black & white photograph, v.f.
Price Realized
$280.00

Lot #3003
RUSSIA - AUTOGRAPHS
Stalin, Joseph (1879-1953), single page letter (jocular in spirit) in blue and red Cyrillic letters, dated March 22, 1939, headed "Order No.10", "ordering" Stalin to go to the movies in the evening, and signed "the boss" (Svetlana); Stalin replies at bottom "will comply with the order, poor J.Stalin." A fascinating personal letter from Stalin's daughter Svetlana written as the official "order" and signed by Stalin, with 2000 Official Government Archive Certificate
Price Realized
$4,500.00

Lot #3004
RUSSIA - AUTOGRAPHS
Stalin, Joseph (1879-1953), single page letter in red crayon Cyrillic letters "Svetlana and Vasya, both of you are supposed to be in Moscow on 28th August, regards", and signed "J.Stalin", fine and rare personal letter from Stalin to his children, with 2000 official Russian government certificate
Price Realized
$4,500.00

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