The last Tsar of Russia (born 1868) who reigned from 1894 until he was deposed in 1917. In the wake of the Russian Revolution, Nicholas, Empress Alexandra, and their children were imprisoned and finally executed on July 17, 1918. Though the ultimate fate of the Romanovs—and the putative survival of Princess Anastasia in particular—became the stuff of legend, recent research has confirmed that the executions were indeed carried out, and that the remains were soaked in acid and burned. ALS in Russian, signed “Nicholas,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 7.5, embossed personal letterhead, October 28, 1896. Letter to Russian statesman Hilarion Ivanovich. In full (translated): “On Wednesday, the 30th, I shall be going hunting in the vicinity of Ropshi at Nicholai Nicholaievich’s place. I’ll spend the night in Ropshi and will not be home, but I will leave there early in the morning on horseback, in order to arrive at Kipen at 8:30. I ask that you host this hunting party and send letters of invitation on my stationery to the following: Vanya, Dimitry, Simeon and Richter. I do not know whether they will agree to come; however, whoever can not be present I ask to please advise me. With regard to the christening, I ask that you see to the delivery of the sacred images, and also to the selection of a few beautiful jewelry pieces.” In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold under signature and a couple small ink and pencil notations. Accompanied by an unsigned postcard photo of Nicholas in his naval uniform. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
RR Auctions Nicholas II Document Sold $10,764