Lot 958: ALS in Swedish, signed "Gurra," one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, September 15, 1924. Letter to her friend, the actress Mimi Pollak. In part (translated): "You don't have any idea how empty it is here without you. I am completely alone now. I see Vera very seldom. I haven't gone to any theatre, not Dramaten. I am completely away from everything. I don't feel that I belong here any more…In Berlin it wasn't fun because of the language—and it was so large that you felt a little lost. Then I longed for home but when I go to Dramaten during the day and see everything that keeps going on year after year I don't know what kind of feelings I have…If it really is true that you have promised yourself, but I still don't really believe, then you know that I wish you much happiness. These matters are something that everyone must decide for themselves (without others) but forgive me I don't think that I am honestly happy. But you know best yourself. Mimi I am loining myself sick over you now." Intersecting folds and show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Garbo's hand.Garbo attended the Royal Dramatic Theatre [Dramaten] school in Stockholm with Pollak from 1922 to 1924, where she developed a deep infatuation with Pollak. It is unclear whether this was an unrequited love, but Garbo's letters offer extraordinary insight into her private personal life and unveil a dimension of her enigmatic sexuality. Even when Pollak was happily married to actor Nils Lundell and pregnant with their child, Garbo wrote to her saying she believed they were meant to be together. Garbo and Pollak maintained a famous sixty-year correspondence, portions of which were published only recently. As an early and incredibly personal letter to the object of her affections, this letter is of the utmost rarity and desirability.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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