Marriage contract signed by France's Napoleon and Josephine up for sale

 (Marriage document signed by Napoleon & Josephine)

(Close up of Napoleon and Josephine’s signatures)

Lion Heart Autographs has announced an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the finest marriage document ever signed by Napoleon and Josephine. This rare Valentine's Day opportunity celebrates history's most romantic and often controversial couple – Napoleon & Josephine. The evocative marriage contract is not only signed by the historic couple, but by other French notables, including six of Napoleon's original eighteen marshals (the highest military rank during the Empire).

he Valentine's Day presentation of such a unique, historical document marks the first time Lion Heart Autographs has offered it for sale; it is one of only a handful known to exist in private hands. Lion Heart Autographs will display the document at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from February 10-16, 2016, where it will be offered for $20,000.

"I am thrilled to share the evocative nature of this historical document on Valentine's Day. It is assuredly the finest marriage contract signed by Emperor Napoleon and his Empress Josephine available in the world," said David Lowenherz, founder & owner of Lion Heart Autographs in New York, noting, "Napoleon and Josephin's own marriage contract is preserved in National Archives of France."                

Other highlights to be featured by Lion Heart Autographs at The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show include a letter by Albert Einstein on how intellectuals and the working class should work together; doodles by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on White House stationery; a decorative proclamation signed by President Harry Truman declaring the end of WWII; an impressive document signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State about U.S. fishing rights; a very fine art related letter by Henri Matisse; an unpublished handwritten letter by Charles Darwin sending his photograph to a former shipmate aboard the "Beagle;" a charming letter by Mark Twain in which he offers his autograph to a young collector, and much more.

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Tears (1892) by John Vance Cheney

Solar halo (Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA) / Wing Chi-Poon

by: John Vance Cheney (1848 - 1922 / USA)

Not in the time of pleasure
Hope doth set her bow;
But in the sky of sorrow,
Over the vale of woe.

Through gloom and shadow look we
On beyond the years!
The soul would have no rainbow
Had the eyes no tears.


Happy 2016 ❤

The European robin (Erithacus rubecula)


Cousine Island to Reopen in April 2016

Cousine Island, the eco-luxury private island in the Seychelles, will reopen in April next year. It will introduce a new Presidential Villa and a tailored Guest Ambassador programme to support the island's ecosystem platform.

The island is one of the first in the world to adopt a conservation based management structure, where all revenue generated by the Cousine Island accommodation will be reinvested for long term sustainability, conservation and biodiversity.

To ensure the highest levels of privacy and minimum human impact, Cousine Island offers four luxury villas designed in a French colonial style and one new, stately Presidential Villa nestled in lush endemic vegetation, just 30 metres from the beach. Each villa has been furnished with individually hand-crafted furniture, as well as the latest technology including high speed broadband and Wi-Fi.

he new Presidential Villa is 625 square meters in size and offers two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a study area, personal gym, spa, kitchen, dining room and outside bar and living space. Guests are also given private golf carts to use during their stay on the island and further in addition to a full time butler and chef as well as accommodation for an au pair or chamber lady.

A white tern (Gygis alba, 1786) feeding a young

The philosophy of Cousine Island and the new Guest Conservation Ambassador programme

onservation is at the heart of the Cousine Island philosophy. Sustainable ecotourism should involve direct and tangible benefits to the environment and Cousine Island's mission is to inspire and share its philosophy with the world and to promote and practice nature conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources and surroundings, by contributing directly to the region's biodiversity.

Guests are encouraged to participate in the conservation work on the island, from planting indigenous trees from the nursery, to assisting island ecologists monitor critically endangered marine turtles and birds. The Island's dedicated conservation team offer dedicated journeys of rare sustainable tourism experiences that will create lifelong and treasured memories.

The main conservation projects – all of which guests can be a part of –  on the island include: a turtle monitoring programme; the Magpie Robin recovery and monitoring programme; seabird count; and restoration and rehabilitation projects.

Cousine Island


A. Lange & Söhne - 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst

To celebrate the 200th birthday of its founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, German luxury watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne has introduced the 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst.

It is the Saxon-based manufacture's fifth edition to the Handwerkskunst (German for "artisanship") family of timepieces. These timepieces are praised for their refined movement design, finishing techniques and unusual decorative methods in engraving. 

Limited to only 30 pieces worldwide, the end-of-the-year debut features a black-rhodiumed rose gold dial decorated with elegant tremblage engraving and a granular surface. The watch is fitted with a hand-stitched reddish-brown alligator strap with deployant buckle in matching 18K rose gold.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst comes with a price tag of $181,000 USD. It will be on display at the 2016 Salon of Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva.

Watch characteristics
Material: Rose gold
Diameter: 39.50 mm
Back: Sapphire

Type: Manual-winding mechanical
Power reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 21 600 Alt/h

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