Nicholas II's Banners Sell for $20 Million

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Church banners of the Tsar family depicting the Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan and St. Alexander Nevsky will come back to Russia.

Anonymous Russian businessman bought cloths of great historical and cultural value at the auction approximately for $20 mln, the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily has reported on Friday.

Nicholas II and the royal family prayed before these church banners on the eve of August 17, 1917, when the Romanovs were arrested and convoyed to Yekaterinburg execution, the edition further says.

The shrines were secretly taken abroad in 1930s and were recently found in Holland, then examination was conducted to prove their authenticity.

The church banners will soon travel to Russia with increased security. According to the paper, bullet-prove armored sarcophagi were made especially for this purpose.

Interfax
20 August, 2009