Christie’s auctioned letters and Cohen objects worth $ 876,000

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Christie's auctioned letters and Cohen objects worth $ 876,000 The poet and singer Leonard Cohen, during the performance he offered on July 12, 1985 at the Sports Center of San Sebastian. EFE / Archive

New York, .- Christie’s auctioned more than 60 objects of Leonard Cohen and his best-known muse, Marianne Ihlen, among which are fifty letters written by the Canadian poet and singer, for a total of $ 876,000, according to this statement. Thursday the company.

The sale, which began on June 5 and closed on Thursday, included a total of 64 objects of both in what is the first online auction of the Department of Books and Manuscripts of Christie’s in New York.

Of the 64 items, the one that reached the highest value was an Italian bronze bell estimated to date from the 15th or 16th century, owned by Ihlen and Cohen that decorated their home, and sold for $ 81,250, well above the maximum estimate of $ 12,000.

Among the letters of Cohen written to Ihlen, he highlighted “Alone with the vast dictionaries of language” (Alone with the vast dictionaries of the language “), written in Montreal in 1960, which was auctioned for $ 56,250, compared to the estimate of $ 7,000 that the specialists had awarded him.

Another important piece was the letter “I am famous and empty”, signed by Cohen for “my dear Marianne” dated November 8, 1964, which reached $ 35,000, as well as “Cohen’s first” major performance “(The first important concert of Cohen”, February 1967, for which the same price was paid.

“These letters are exactly the kind of things we love to deal with: they have not been published and have just arrived on the market, they have a captivating content and their origin is impeccable,” said the specialist in Books and Manuscripts in Christie’s statement. of the company, Heather Weintraub.

“We set some conservative estimates for the collection and we are delighted with the results, and we are very happy that this material means something to so many Cohen fans around the world,” he added. (EFEUSA)

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