Surrealist Manifesto comes up for auction in Paris
Only known complete copy of the Surrealist Manifesto is to be auctioned in Paris on Wednesday.19 May 2008
PARIS - The only known complete copy of the "Surrealist Manifesto," the 21-page document that defined one of the great art movements of the 20th century, is to be auctioned in Paris on Wednesday.
Penned by Andre Breton and published in 1924, it comes from the collection of the late Simone Collinet, his first wife, and is valued by Sotheby's at EUR 300,000 to EUR 500,000.
The auction house said eight other manuscripts that Breton gave to Collinet would also be sold on Wednesday.
Breton, who died in September 1966 at age 70, is regarded as the founder of surrealism, which he defined in the "Surrealist Manifesto" as "psychic automatism in its pure state".
[AFP / Expatica]