Doting Dutchman's Bardot memorabiliafor sale in Paris

27th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 27 (AFP) - A 61-year-old Dutch man will end his 45-year love affair with Brigitte Bardot on Tuesday when his vast collection of memorabilia tracing the former French film star's career goes under the hammer in Paris.

PARIS, Sept 27 (AFP) - A 61-year-old Dutch man will end his 45-year love affair with Brigitte Bardot on Tuesday when his vast collection of memorabilia tracing the former French film star's career goes under the hammer in Paris.  

Some 8,500 posters, photographs, magazine covers, postcards, books, records and other items will be up for sale at the Drouot auction house in central Paris - a sale timed to celebrate the actress's 70th birthday.  

Cees Storm, who now lives in The Hague, fell in love with Bardot at age 15 and began collecting items related to the French actress, combing book stalls along the Seine for rare documents and even travelling to Saint-Tropez.  

Among the items up for sale are 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.  

Despite his adoration for Bardot, Storm - who told the daily Le Parisien he spent an average of five percent of his monthly salary on his collection - kept the actress at a safe distance.  

"I never met BB and I never tried to meet her, unlike a lot of other people," he told the newspaper.  

Chayette and Cheval, the company managing the sale, estimates the total value of the collection at some EUR 80,000 (USD 98,000). Storm says he will donate some of the proceeds to Bardot's animal rights foundation.

 

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