WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Full signatures from a pair of notorious lovebirds lend a 19th-century French marriage contract a rare prestige among other love notes on display at a high-end jewelry and antique showcase in Florida.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s handwriting graced thousands of letters and military documents. But just a few documents also bore the delicate loops of his consort’s signature.
Just weeks after he was declared emperor, Napoleon and Josephine de Beauharnais were witnesses to the wedding of a general who took part in the storming of the Bastille. That document with their signatures is up for sale for $20,000 this week at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.
David Lowenherz of Lion Heart Autographs says the document is one of the first Napoleon signed with his full name as a monarch.
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