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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Surrealist Manifesto by André Breton Sold at Sotheby's

A set of nine surrealist writings by André Breton (1896-1966), among which the well known Surrealist Manifesto (1924), were bought at Sotheby's for 3.2 million Euro (3.6 with taxes) .

Géard Lhéritier, of the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts of Paris offered 3,626,250 Euro (taxes included) for the set of nine manuscripts.

Lhéritier resorted to the faculty of reunion option to keep the whole set, former property of Simone Collinet (1897-1980) . Sotheby's pretension was to auction the manuscripts separately.

In the manuscript, comprising 21 pages ( 20 of them writen in fine blue caligraphy), Breton writes about one of the most important art movements of the 20th century.
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