Rocky love: Letters by great women are auctioned

November 18, 2014 2:34 PM

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An unprecedented collection of 1,500 documents from some of history's greatest women is being auctioned in Paris, including everything from Catherine the Great's imperious letter shunning her lover, to Brigitte Bardot's plea to cancel the release of a song that ended up being banned in several countries owing to its sexual content.

The documents, which range from the profound to the banal, also include ones from Napoleon's long-suffering wife Josephine, and a note to a teacher from Grace Kelly. Here are highlights of the extraordinary two-day sale, starting Tuesday.

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