BOOKISH TYPE: Five years after selling the art collection he assembled together with Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé is casting off his personal library for auction in a series of sales, starting in December 2015. The collection, boasting more than 1,000 manuscripts and books from the 15th to the 20th centuries, will be the subject of seven thematic sales at Paris’ auction house Hôtel Drouot. A selection of lots from the first sale is to go on display in fall 2015 in New York, London, Geneva and Moscow.
The auction is to be led by Pierre Bergé & Associés in conjunction with Sotheby’s auction house, assisted by experts Stéphane Clavreuil, Benoît Forgeot and Michel Scognamillo.
Bergé began his time in Paris as a dealer in antiquarian books. His life was threaded with literary and artistic companionships, starting with Jean Giono, Jean Cocteau and Bernard Buffet before his encounter with Yves Saint Laurent.
The first sale will include 100 literary works spanning 600 years, including works in their original languages by Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman and Gertrude Stein. The collection also includes the first edition of “Treasure Island” dating back to 1883 sent by Robert Louis Stevenson to his friend William Ernest Henley.
The catalogue is due out Sept. 15, 2015.