Lot #115
Joseph Foullon de Doué Autograph Letter Signed

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Estimate: $200+


French politician and highly unpopular controller-general of finances under Louis XVI, who was murdered by a Paris mob shortly after the storming of the Bastile (1715-1789). He has the ignominious distinction of being the first recorded person to have been lynched 'à la lanterne'—he was hanged from a lamp-post, but the rope broke three times in a row. Members of the crowd beheaded him instead, then paraded his head on a pike with his mouth stuffed with grass, hay, and excrement. Scarce ALS in French, signed “Foullon,” one page, 6.5 x 8.5, June 13, 1778. Untranslated handwritten letter, asking that they stop worrying local inhabitants. In fine condition, with a rusty circular paperclip impression to the top and old catalog description affixed at the bottom.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Ft. Sports Cards
  • Dates: #629 - Ended February 09, 2022

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