Notorious first world war spy Mata Hari’s letters to her lover sold at auction



The first world War spy Mata Hari’s letters to lover sold on the auction

A series of love letters written by the first world War spy Mata Hari, have sold at auction for $15,000. The 10 letters were written to her lover, the then-unknown artist Piet Van Der hem, written in French and Dutch and will probably vary from the end of 1914 to early 1915.

Very rare letters from the notorious first world War spy Mata Hari and her lover have sold for $ 15,000 at a Los Angeles auction.

Born Margaretha Zelle in the Netherlands in 1876, the courtesan and exotic dancer better known by her stage name, Mata Hari. Recruited by France to spy on Germany during the first world War, she was later accused of being a German double agent.

Arrested in Paris on Feb. 13, 1917, she was put on trial on 24 July of that year, charged with spying for Germany and causing the death of at least 50,000 soldiers. Convicted, she was executed by a French firing squad on Oct. 15, 1917. Some historians, however, think that they have a scapegoat and its implementation was used as a distraction from the devastating losses France has suffered during the war.


The artifacts will be sold by Nate D. Sanders Auctions consist of 10 letters of Mata Hari her lover, the Dutch artist Piet van der hem. The undated letters probably varies from late 1914 to early 1915, according to the auction house.

Mata Hari wrote all the letters of the Victoria Hotel in Amsterdam, where they stayed in the neutral Netherlands after the flight from Berlin at the beginning of the war. “Hari wrote on how to find work as a dancer, the Dutch reaction to her dancing, the style, the ‘journalist pigs’ who were critical of her and of Him to paint her portrait, and the design of the costumes for her,” the auction house explained in a statement. “She also mentioned Will van der Schalk, the rich banker who paid her expenses at the hotel.”

Seven of the letters are written in French and three in English.

In the letters of Mata Hari proclaims that she loves of Him “just for who you are,” and notes that she would forgive him for the fact that “fun” with her. In the same letter, she adds that she does not “take revenge” on him, they would with another important man her had wronged.

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