Friday , November 27 2020

A letter from Charles Baudelaire announcing his intention to commit suicide, sold at 234,000 euros at auction



"I kill myself because I can not live any longer, that the tiredness of falling asleep and the tiredness of waking me up are unbearable," writes the poet.

A letter from the youth of Charles Baudelaire announcing his intention to commit suicide was sold for 234 thousand euros, Sunday, November 4 in the auction of Osenat's house of missivas by the author of Flowers of Evil. WThis letter, dated June 1845 and addressed to his lover Jeanne Duval, was estimated at between 60,000 and 80,000 euros – three to four times less than the price at which it was finally sold. It will now be part of a private French collection, the auction house said.

"When Miss Jeanne Lemer gives you this letter, I will be dead … I kill myself because I can not live any longer, that the fatigue of falling asleep and the tiredness of waking me up are unbearable"writes the poet. He will actually stab, but without serious consequences. He is 24 years old and will live another 22 years. Letters from Barbey d'Aurevilly, Delacroix, Hugo, Manet, addressed to him, are also collected in this collection.


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