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Magnificent Russian Imperial Orders will Be Sold by Morton & Eden/Sotheby’s

LONDON.- A magnificent group of Russian Imperial Orders presented in 1837 by Tsar Nicholas I to Britain’s Ambassador to Russia, John George Lambton, “Radical Jack”, the first Earl of Durham, will be sold by specialist London auctioneers Morton & Eden in association with Sotheby’s on Thursday 10 June 2010. The orders have remained in the family and are being sold by a descendant. Tom Eden, Director of Morton & Eden, discussing the sale said: “Imperial Russian orders of this period (1830s) are rare and seldom come onto the market. As most orders that have survived have lost their provenance, the Durham orders are exceptional in that they are known to be the ones bestowed on Durham.” They comprise superb quality insignia of the Orders of St. Andrew (Imperial Russia’s premier award), St. Alexander Nevsky, The White Eagle and St. Anne, all made by the celebrated Court manufacturer Emanuel Pannasch. In additi