Poignant letters from sister of Russia's last Tsar for sale

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A remarkable set of letters from the sister of the last Russian Tsar, which were written at the height of the Communist Revolution and have never been seen in public, have come to light

The 60 letters from the Grand Duchess Olga to her mother and sister reveal her desperation to discover the truth about the disappearance of Nicholas II a first cousin of George V, his wife, and their five children.

The correspondence, which is a fascinating insight into the bloody upheaval of the Bolshevik uprising, recounts her last meeting with her brother before his execution.

The letters were discovered after the death of Olga in 1960 above a Toronto coffee shop. They are being sold next week by the Mayfair philatelist Argyll Etkin at the Olympia International Art Fair. A reserve price of $150,000 has been put on the collection.

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