Jacques Prévert's landmark movie script sells for €450,000


2015-06-26 12:02:21


Jacques Prvert's landmark movie script sells for 450,000

The script for Le Quai des Brumes, one of French cinema's most important works, auctioned in Paris

A landmark film script written by Jacques Prvert was the star lotin Ader David Nordmann's Paris auction, last week (June 9).

Prvert's 500 page manuscript, based on a 1927 novel by Pierre Mac Orlan, would become the 1938 film Le Quai des Brumes (or Port of Shadows) produced and directed by Marcel Carn.

Today,Prvert's script is viewed historically as a key exemplar of the poetic realism genre, mixing real-life with whimsical fantasy, and is regarded as one of the most influential scripts in French cinema history.

Jacques Prvert's manuscript screenplay for Le Quai des Brumes, sold for 450,000

Appearing in a collection consigned by Eugenie Bachelot Prvert, Jacques Prvert's only granddaughter, the script was estimated at 200,000-300,000.

It sold for a final price of 450,000, including Buyer's Premium.

As well as being a renowned poet and screenwriter, Prvert participated actively in France's surrealist movement and the famed Rue du Chteau group, along with the likes of Marcel Duchamp.

Written by Prvert, drawn on by Picasso and sold for 275,000

Elsewhere in the sale, a book written by Prvert entitled the Portraits of Picasso, with additional ink sketches by Picasso himself, sold for 275,000 above its 120,000-150,000 estimate.

Other highlights in the sale included autographed sketches by Prvert himself (sold for 80,000) and sketches and correspondence between Prvert and the artist Joan Miro (30,000).

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