Ministry spends €30,357 on mysterious Lorca poem
29 November 2007, Madrid - Spain's Culture Ministry spent €30,757 on the only manuscript of 'Crucifixión', one of the poems belonging to Federico García Lorca's famous work' Poet in New York'.
29 November 2007
Madrid - Spain's Culture Ministry spent €30,757 on the only manuscript of 'Crucifixión', one of the poems belonging to Federico García Lorca's famous work' Poet in New York'.
The valuable document went on sale at Sotheby's, London, where auctioneers had predicted it would go for between
€28,000 and €42,000.
According to the president of the García Lorca Foundation, Laura García-Lorca de los Ríos, "the Culture Ministry bid" on the basis of a "mutual agreement" with the foundation.
The original manuscript of 'Poet in New York', which Lorca left with his trusted editor, José Bergamín, days before his death, was bought at auction by the García Lorca Foundation in 2003. On the basis of this document, the foundation will publish a definitive edition of 'Poet in New York'.
What happened to the manuscript of 'Crucifixión' following the execution of the Granada-born poet on August 18, 1936 is a mystery. Lorca had left in writing that 'Crucifixión' belonged to 'Poet in New York', but the poem is not included in the first editions published in 1940 by Norton in the United States and Séneca in Mexico. A decade later, the poet Agustín Millares published <i>Crucifixión</i> together with two letters in the poetry journal, <i>Planas</i>.
From then on, the Millares family looked after the manuscript, but they decided to sell the document at auction due its fragile state.
[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. / R. I. 2007]
Subject: Spanish news