Being guillotined at just 38, Louis XVI is one of the most exceptionally scarce autographs in historical collecting. This document is signed by both Louis XVI and his friend Arnuad De Laporte whose guillotined head was presented to him in jail on his 38th birthday.
This document dates from the 29th of September 1791, less than three months after his failed flight to Varnnes which provoked the charges of treason that ultimately led to his execution in 1793. In the document Louis XVI approves exorbitant payments and reimbursements including Library costs of 26,000 livres for his Intendant of the Civil List Arnaud de Laporte. Frivolous expenses such as these were one of the primary factors that led to the French Revolution. Louis signs the document towards the bottom as “Louis”.
Countersigned by Arnud de Laporte on the back. Laporte was Louis' Intendant of the Civil List which was the King's closest confidant handling all financial and material resources of the King's Household. He was arrested along with Louis on August 10th, 1792. He was swiftly convicted of treason against the Revolution becoming, on 23 August 1792, the second political victim to die by guillotine. In a macabre gesture, his severed head was then presented to the King, by then imprisoned in the Temple, as a grisly birthday gift.
Sale includes accompanying original LOA from the highly-respected James Spence Authentication (JSA) who have thoroughly examined the document and certify its authenticity. UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED GENUINE.
Document is in good condition for its near 230+ years of age. Great eye-appeal, some small holes to bottom left, a small tear towards the bottom center, one horizontal fold through Louis' signature. Document measures approx. 14"x9".
Own a remarkable, original piece of history! The perfect gift for the collector, autograph enthusiast, Francophile or History buff.
Sold as is, as shown.
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