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Mao Zedong's letter to UK politician sells for £600,000

A Sotheby's auction in London brought more than £600,000 (850,000 euros) on December 15 for a 1937 letter to British politician Clement Atlee signed by Mao Zedong, founder of China's Communist PartyIn the letter, typed in English and signed by Mao, the founder of Communist China asks Clement Attlee, Labour leader and future prime minister, to lend the support of his party to “any measures of practical assistance”. The letter was one of the first communications between the Chinese leader and a Western politician, and only the second letter from Mao to be sold at auction in decades, Sotheby’s said. In the letter, Mao expressed solidarity with the British people and hoped they would urge the government to help him resist the Japanese invaders, “a danger that ultimately threatens them no less than ourselves”.

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