BOOKISH TYPE: Pierre Bergé is to auction off his personal library, putting an initial cache of about 150 rare books under the hammer on Dec. 11 in Paris.
The former couture boss, 85, has amassed a collection of some 1,600 titles, including musical scores and manuscripts spanning six centuries. Six more auctions are to follow in 2016 and 2017.
Lots in the first sale, to be conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés in collaboration with Sotheby’s at Drouot, range from the first edition of St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” printed around 1470, to William Burroughs’ “Scrapbook 3” from 1979. Jean Cocteau’s “Le Requiem” from 1962 contains a personal dedication to Bergé and is estimated to fetch between 2,000 and 3,000 euros, or about $2,230 to $3,350 at current exchange rates.
Meanwhile, an autographed first edition of Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” from 1857 and the original manuscript for his “Sentimental Education” could go for up to 600,000 euros, or $669,500.
A selection of about 60 works is to go on display at Sotheby’s in New York from Sept. 10-13, followed by showcases in Hong Kong from Oct. 2-7 and London from Nov. 6-9.