Rare Napoleon letter fetches $244,400

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, auction house associate Jean-Christophe Chataigniera holds up a letter dictated and signed by Napoleon in secret code that declares his intentions "to blow up the Kremlin" during his ill-fated Russian campaign is displayed in Fontainebleau, outside Paris. The rare letter, written in unusually emotive language, sees Napoleon complain of harsh conditions and the shortcomings of his grand army. The letter goes on auction Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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A rare letter in which French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte vowed to "blow up the Kremlin" fetched 10 times more than expected at an auction in France at the weekend. The code-written letter, signed "Nap" and dated October 20, 1812, sold for 187,500 euros ($244,400) in all at a sale organized by Osenat auction house near Paris on Dec. 2, 2012.

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