BOSTON – A wartime letter written by French Gen. Charles de Gaulle to President Franklin D. Roosevelt sold for $33,689 according to RR Auction, which conducted the Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction Aug. 8.
The handwritten draft of a letter in French by De Gaulle consisted of two pages with writing on both sides. It was undated, circa 1943. The content of the letter addresses a misunderstanding between the Allied leaders during World War II.
“It’s an incredible letter rich with superb content that shows the tension between the two great military leaders,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction.
Additional highlights from the sale include:
– Japanese officer’s pistol and heirloom sword surrendered at war’s end in 1945 sold for $11,541.
– Mary Blair concept painting from Alice in Wonderland sold for $14,700.
– Gen. Ulysses S. Grant signed portrait as the U.S. Army’s commander sold for $11,126.
– Field jacket belonging to George L. Paxton of the A.V.G. ‘Flying Tigers’ sold for $9,896.
– Charles de Gaulle’s handwritten Bastille Day speech delivered to the French Troops on July 14, 1941 sold for $22,233.
Details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.