One of the Last Documents Signed by Benito Mussolini, Registered Just Three Days Before his Death

    Benito Mussolini Document Signed "Mussolini" on Minister of Foreign Affairs letterhead. One page in Italian, 8.25" x 11", [April 1, 1945], appointing Zimolo Michelangelo as minister to Switzerland. The document was later date-stamped for registration on April 25, 1945, just three days prior to Mussolini's capture and execution. The document reads in part: "By the Law of June 2, 1927 n[umber] 862 in the service of diplomatic advisor; Be it Known: Zimolo Michelangelo is appointed as minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary, first class to Berne [Switzerland]."

    After spending his last seven days in power at Milan, Mussolini ironically attempted an escape to Switzerland, only to be captured and executed near the lake of Como by Communist Resistance units. Usual folds and toning, with light feathering to the otherwise bold signature. An image of Mussolini is included.

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