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December 30, 1916: Killed, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. According to his assassins, Rasputin had been poisoned, shot, and clubbed before being thrown into the Nevka River. The murderers' accounts are not considered particularly accurate. Here, Rasputin is shown in 1914, recovering in the hospital from an earlier assassination attempt.
Marjorie Merriweather Post was known for her large decorative arts collection that focuses heavily on the House of Romanov she and husband bought from Stalin's government in 1930s. This chandelier of the 18th century was taken from the Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. Marjorie has put this chandelier in her luncheon hall of her estate that became Hillwood Museum