Surreal scenes at sale of André Breton’s collection

Charles Davis writes “from
The Independent Digital.

The sale of a library assembled by one of Surrealism’s high-priests produced fittingly bizarre scenes in Paris and, more prosaically, prices 40 per cent higher
than expected.

Three kinds of devotees arrived for the first day of the sale of the art, papers and books of the poet André Breton, who died in 1966. Some bid for items
dedicated by Leon Trotsky, Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali. Others were protesting at the failure of the French state to preserve the collection.

His daughter, Aube Elléouët-Breton, said he wanted his letters to go to a charitable foundation, and “as for the rest, if they want something, let them buy it”. “