Tsar's erotic letters to young mistress auctioned





MOSCOW -- They made up a secret French codeword for sex -- bingerle. They were careful never to use their real names but signed off affectionately: "With you always".

And during more than a decade of furtive correspondence, Russia's Tsar Alexander II and his young mistress Ekaterina Dolgaroukaya wrote frankly of their desire for one another - and of the pleasures of past and future love-making.

Yesterday some 22 unpublished erotic letters written by the Tsar to the woman he simply called "Katia" -- and by her to him -- were auctioned in Paris. Christie's sold nine of the letters last night for €10,800 [$14,600].

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