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28 August 2022, 09:57

Document signed by Henry VIII sold at auction in Boston

Document signed by Henry VIII sold at auction in Boston
In August, RR Auction held an auction in Boston (USA), where one of the buyers purchased an old manuscript signed by the English King Henry VIII. The cost of the lot was 66.4 thousand dollars. The document dated July 26, 1536 refers to the financing of the feast for St. George's Day. The monarch ordered Treasurer Edmund Peckham to set aside £19 13s to cover the cost of the feast.
Manuscripts signed by Henry VIII are rare and highly sought after by collectors. Previously, RR Auction has already exhibited similar rarities. For example, a letter from the King to Sir Randolph Brereton, put up for sale in 2012, went under the hammer for $34,500.
Along with the royal decree, a letter from George Washington written in 1791, a photograph of Marilyn Monroe, signed by the actress in 1954, and other equally interesting lots were found at the auction.

Saint George's Day, for which Henry VIII and his subjects were preparing, is an important holiday for the British. The tradition of venerating the great martyr, known as George the Victorious, in England was established during the reign of the Tudors and was based on the popularity of the saint even during the period of the Crusades. Interest in it declined significantly in the 18th century and rose again in 1894 with the advent of the Royal Society of St. George, whose goal was to preserve English customs and values.

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