It seems to be inexhaustible. The library of Pierre Bergé, who disappeared in September 2017, will be auctioning for the fourth and penultimate time this Friday 14 December in Paris, at the Drouot auction house. This new part of 130 lots holds many wonders, of which the content is “obviously very literary, because it was the heart of his passion”, explains the expert Benoît Forgeot. But it is also the collection “Pierre Bergé interested in the mythology, the botanical gardens, the political engagement”, he says.
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Miniature “The Book of Peace by Christine de Pisan of representing the author in the process to offer this same book, at the dauphin of France. House Pierre Bergé – Drouot
Among the key works in the catalogue figure of Trials of Montaigne from the first printing, in 1580. They are estimated at half a million euros. Another masterpiece: one of the first translations of the Lives of Plutarch. Estimated at between 400,000 and 600,000 euros by the auction house Pierre Bergé and Associates, this manuscript of the early Sixteenth century on parchment, illustrated with 54 paintings.
in The Middle Ages, the franciscan brother Bartholomeus Anglicus decides to prepare an ambitious assessment of the knowledge of the world, which embraces the biblical exegesis as the study of precious stones. Translated into old French “query treschrestien and trespuissant roy charles v” in the Fifteenth century, the encyclopedia is estimated between 150,000 and 200,000.
A manuscript of the Fifteenth century of Christine de Pisan, considered as the first poetess in the history, will also go under the hammer. The auction house expects between 40,000 and 60,000 euros. In this Book of Peace , Christine de Pisan draws the portrait of the sovereign, perfect order to build the dauphin of France, Louis of Guyenne. On the cover, a magnificent miniature represents the author offering his book to the young duke.
In search of lost time “Tribute of sympathy and admiration,” wrote Flaubert in the copy of “Salammbô,” that he intended to Hector Belioz. House Pierre Bergé – Drouot
Pierre Bergé placed Gustave Flaubert to the top of his literary Pantheon. One of the twenty-five copies of the original edition of Salammbô will be proposed for booklovers able to pay between 30,000 and 40,000 euros. The great historical novel, published in 1863, contains a dedication to his friend Hector Berlioz. “Tribute of sympathy and admiration”, wrote the author of Madame Bovary .
Marcel Proust, will be put to auction the first copy of Du côté de chez Swann , the first volume of The Search of lost time , offered to his former lover, the writer Lucien Daudet. A sheet autograph is attached to the book: “My dear you are absent from this book: you are too much a part of my heart that I can never paint objectively.” Experts estimate between 600,000 and 800,000 euros.
49 letters of Edouard Manet to Emile Zola
Estimated to be between 60,000 and 80,000 euros, a letter by Paul Gauguin written in Tahiti in 1899 the critic André Fontainas takes the form of a beautiful manifesto for the independence of his art. Other correspondence to be exceptional, a set of 49 letters of Édouard Manet sent to his friend Emile Zola, is estimated at between 40,000 and 60,000 euros.
The original edition of Étatisme and Anarchy of the revolutionary Mikhail Bakunin, who are expected to reach between 20,000 and 30,000 euros, just remember the libertarian views of the youth of the former lover of Yves Saint Laurent.
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Two other sales are planned at a date yet undetermined. The first three sales had a reported 19 million euros. A sum intended to the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, dedicated to the conservation of the background of the designer, and to the organization of exhibitions and the support of cultural actions.