A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals is selling the remaining pieces from the Estate of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia on June 10th at 7pm in our Toronto Gallery. The Grand Duchess Olga was the youngest child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and the youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II. In 1901 she married Duke Peter Alexandrovich of Oldenburg but in 1916 was given an annulment because their marriage was never consummated. That same year Olga married Nikolai Kulikovsky and had two children, her second son, Guri Nikolaevich was born in April 1919.
In 1920 her family was forced to flee to Denmark to live with her the mother, Empress Marie. At this time she developed her artist skills and over her lifetime painted over 2000 works of art.
in 1948 the Kulikovskys moved to Ontario. Nikolai died ten years later and Olga died in 1960 at the age of 78. Although many Imperial family heirlooms were sold over the years, she was able to pass some things down to her family.
Her son Guri moved to a house outside of Brockville, Ontario with his wife. He died in 1984 and left his widower and no children. His wife later remarried and passed away a few years back. The items being sold in our June 10th auction came from the Brockville home through descent from the Grand Duchess. The lots include a large collection of family photos, silver, crested handkerchiefs and small watercolours. Most notably, up for auction is the Grand Duchess Olga’s first marriage certificate and Russian travel document from 1920.