news report about a collection of historical letters found stuffed in a filing cabinet in the laundry room of a deceased (2005) Austrian banker! His family must have found the treasure trove while cleaning out his home to put it up for sale. Can you imagine the legal proceedings if they had not cleaned the house and the new buyers found all of it? What a mess it would have been.
Among the collection are letters by Napoleon, Winston Churchill, Peter the Great, Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander Pushkin, John Donne, Queen Elizabeth I, and Ernest Hemingway. The letters, ranging over 500 years of history, are to be auctioned off July 3 by Christie's of London and are expected to bring in over $4,000,000 dollars. Ah, to be rich!