Sun. Apr 5th, 2020

The library of François Mitterrand sells for 1.5 million euros

The library of François Mitterrand sells for 1.5 million euros

The sale of the library of François Mitterrand, with a thousand books accumulated by the former French president throughout his life, allowed to obtain 1.5 million euros in an auction that more than tripled the starting estimate of 450,000 euros.

The figures were made public today in a statement by the Piasa auction house, which managed to find a buyer in the two consecutive days in which the sale took place for the 684 plots into which this legacy of the socialist politician, known for his love for the books, and that after his death in 1996 had passed to his son Gilbert.

La Palma took it "Les Hommes de bonne volonté", a novelesque encyclopedia formed by 27 volumes and written between 1932 and 1946 by Jules Romain, awarded by 41,600 euros.

He was followed, for 31,200 euros, by one of the most incendiary books of the group, "Comme le temps passe", written by Robert Brasillach, shot in 1945 at the end of the Second World War for having collaborated with the Nazis who occupied France.

He stayed with this piece, in which Brasillach had included a dedication for the editor, a couple who introduced himself as a collector, and whose wife said he was a monarchist and the daughter of monarchists.

For the same price, another of those present took "De Gaulle", a work on the great political rival of Mitterrand and founder of the V Republic that both detested the socialist leader in its origins, written by Nobel laureate François Mauriac, who He also included an ironic dedication.

Next came "Notre jeunesse" by Charles Péguy (29,900 euros); "L'Amant de la Chine du Nord" by Marguerite Duras (23,400); an autograph manuscript by Henry Kissinguer (23,400); "Les Justes" by another French Nobel Prize winner, Albert Camus, also with dedication (20,800); or "Mantrana" by Ernst Junger (19,500).

And also "Cent ans de Solitude" (13,000 euros), the first French edition of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" that the Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez dedicated with his own hand in 1981, the year of Mitterrand's election as president of France.

The Socialist Party, in spite of its more than delicate financial and electoral situation, bought several lots that it intends to take to the new headquarters that it had to move to in the periphery of Paris, after selling the historical one at two steps from the National Assembly.

In particular "L'Histoire socialiste" by Jean Jaurès and "L'Exercice du pouvoir" by Léon Blum.


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