Rare Lenin documents to be sold at Berlin auction

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10 November 2004 , BERLIN - Rare documents written by the Soviet Union's first leader, Vladimir I. Lenin, will be put up for sale in the German capital later this month, an auction house announced on Wednesday. One letter, penned by Lenin in communist politically correct red ink, is addressed to the "comrade supervisor of the photo department of the Soviet power." Dated 3 May 1919, it is estimated to be worth EUR 8,000, says Berlin's J. A. Stargardt auction house. A second Lenin document is a security pass

10 November 2004

BERLIN - Rare documents written by the Soviet Union's first leader, Vladimir I. Lenin, will be put up for sale in the German capital later this month, an auction house announced on Wednesday.

One letter, penned by Lenin in communist politically correct red ink, is addressed to the "comrade supervisor of the photo department of the Soviet power." Dated 3 May 1919, it is estimated to be worth EUR 8,000, says Berlin's J. A. Stargardt auction house.

A second Lenin document is a security pass issued by Lenin to the French journalist, Henri Guilbeaux.

Some 1,400 historical letters and other documents are to be sold at the 23 November and 24 auction.

Other items for sale include the original musical scores for both piano and waltzes written by the composer Franz Schubert. Dating back to 1817 they are expected to fetch EUR 25,000.

Also being auctioned off are letters by Albert Einstein and Goethe's poem "Xenien" from 1815 in which he describes Emperor Napoleon of France as the devil. In addition there letters from Kandinisky, Voltaire and even Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The auction house expects the two-day sale to be worth at least EUR 1.3 million. For more information: www.stargardt.de.

DPA

Subject: German news

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