Pierre Bergé auctioning private library of original works by Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and more
After releasing his own title concerning his time spent with Yves Saint Laurent in Morrocco, Pierre Bergé is having another high profile literature-themed moment, by auctioning his personal library that includes works spanning from the 15th century to modern day.
This consists of more than 1,000 manuscripts and books, a first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (dated 1883), and other works in original languages by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare and James Joyce and their contemporaries. The collection is therefore expected to fetch an astonishing amount of money.
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé founded the YSL Couture House together in 1963
Bergé raised $500 million five years ago from auctioning off the expansive art collection –which included pieces by Matisse, Picasso and Gainsborough – that he had accumulated with Yves Saint Laurent. Before the pair met Saint Laurent, Bergé was a well-known antique book dealer in Paris.
A selection of lots to buy will go on display next Autumn in New York, London, Geneva and Moscow, before seven themed sales will take place in the French capital, led by Pierre Bergé & Associates in collaboration with Sotheby's...