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Pierre Bergé’s Library Collection at Auction

Five years ago, Empire builder Pierre Bergé sold his ultimate art collection which he assembled together with his longtime companion, designer Yves Saint Laurent. Now he’s auctioning off his personal library collection in a series of sales to be organized by SVV Pierre Bergé & Associés in conjunction with Sotheby’s. The collection, boasting over a thousand precious manuscripts and books from the 15th to the 20th centuries, will be the subject of seven thematic sales at the Hôtel Drouot, starting early December 2015.

YSL Co-Founder Pierre Bergé Auctioning Off Rare Books & Manuscripts
The first sale will include a hundred outstanding literary works spanning six hundred years, from the editio princeps of St Augustine’s Confessions, printed in Strasbourg in 1476, down to the autograph manuscript of André Breton’s Nadja (1928), via countless items of rare significance.
A selection of lots from this first sale will be exhibited in autumn 2015 in New York, London, Geneva and Moscow.
This secret library – the most intimate and personal part of the various collections Pierre Bergé built up – had been the subject of only a few discreet exhibitions prior to its partial unveiling at the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal in Paris in 2013.

YSL Co-Founder Pierre Bergé Auctioning Off Rare Books & Manuscripts

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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