Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts sale to star Apollinaire letters


2015-06-26 12:51:10


Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts sale to star Apollinaire letters

Letters from poet Apollinaire are to front today's Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts sale

Sotheby's Books and Manuscripts auction, which is to be held in Paris today (May 15),will star letters from French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918).

Letters from Apollinaire to patron Andr LevelLetters from Apollinaire to patron Andr Level

The letters chart the course of Apollinaire's military career, through his correspondence with Andr Level, the poet's patron and parrain de guerre. The letters span the course of Apollinaire's service in the first world war, up to the point where he famously suffered a shrapnel wound to the temple. It was following this wounding that Apollinaire would coin the word "surrealism", to describe his work Les Mermelles de Tirsias, which was written during his recovery. The letters will go to auction with an estimate of 150,000-200,000 ($195,000-325,000), the highest in the sale.The poet's correspondencewill be joined at auction by a superb edition of Case D'Armons, one of just 25 copies which Apollinaire personallyprinted in dedication tothe gunners in his battery. The work contains 21 poems, written by the poet in 1915. Of the 25 printedonly 20 exist today, prompting an estimate of 100,000-150,000 ($130,000-195,000). Also featuring in the sale will be a collection of autographed letters from Salvador Dali and his wife Gala. The handwritten letters include details of a ballet project with the dancer Lonid Massine. Featuring superb drawings by both Salvador and Gala, the letters provide an exciting opportunity for collectors at 30,000-40,000 ($38,000-64,000). Dali collectors will want to view the current sale at PFC Auctions, which features an original drawing of Gala by the artist.Paul Fraser Collectibles will be bringing you all the results from this sale, so be sure to check back soon.

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