Bardot sale nets EUR 37,000 for Dutch collector

29th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 29 (AFP) - A Paris auction of Brigitte Bardot memorabilia amassed by a Dutch collector over 45 years raised EUR 37,228 (USD 45,836) amid intense media interest, the auction house said Wednesday.

PARIS, Sept 29 (AFP) - A Paris auction of Brigitte Bardot memorabilia amassed by a Dutch collector over 45 years raised EUR 37,228 (USD 45,836) amid intense media interest, the auction house said Wednesday.  

The total was less than half the EUR 80,000 (USD 98,000) auctioneers Chayette and Cheval had expected the 8,500 lots to go for.  

The collection consisted of posters, photographs, magazine covers, postcards, books, records and other items belonging to 61-year-old Dutch collector Cees Storm, who fell in love with the image of the French actress when he was a 15-year-old schoolboy.  

The sale, held in the Druout auction house in central Paris on Tuesday, coincided with Bardot's 70th birthday, which she celebrated out of the public gaze in her Saint-Tropez home.  

"I'm fine with the passage of time. There is a crazy wind blowing today: women want to stay young and are turning to surgery. They all look the same.... Perfection is a terrible worry," she told this week's edition of the French society magazine Ohla!.  

She added, though: "All the same, I would prefer turning 30."   Among the items that went under the hammer were original posters from the 1956 film "And God Created Woman", which made Bardot an international star, and from the 1963 movie "Le Mepris" (Contempt), now difficult to find on the memorabilia market. The latter was bought for EUR 826.  

A collection of 189 postcards fetched EUR 1,769, while a scrapbook filled with press clippings and photos tracing her career brought in EUR 708.   

A series of Elle magazines with Bardot on the cover dating from 1949 to 1953 was sold for EUR 413, while a photo from the 1958 film "En Cas de Malheur" (In Case of Adversity) sold for EUR 472.  

More than 200 people had packed into the premises for the auction, and television crews from Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia jockeyed for position with buyers hoping to take home a piece of the BB myth.  

Storm has said he will donate some of the proceeds to Bardot's animal rights foundation.

 

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