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Marcel Proust precious items on sale

Do Not UseDo Not Use 31/05/2016
Marcel Proust photo © AFP Marcel Proust photo

Intimate letters and family photographs that belonged to the celebrated French writer Marcel Proust are being sold at auction in Paris.

Photos show Marcel with his brother Robert: These photos, circa 1882, show Marcel with his brother Robert (in central pic Marcel is on right) © AFP These photos, circa 1882, show Marcel with his brother Robert (in central pic Marcel is on right)

Among the items is an original signed edition of Swann's Way, the first volume of Remembrance of Things Past.

An original edition of Swann's Way, dated 1916 © AFP An original edition of Swann's Way, dated 1916

After Proust's death in 1922 the collection passed to his brother Robert. A great-great-niece is selling the items at Sotheby's auction house.

Photo showing Marcel Proust (C) with French playwright and journalist Robert de Flers (L) and French writer Lucien Daudet: The photo shows Marcel Proust (C) with French playwright and journalist Robert de Flers (L) and French writer Lucien Daudet © AFP The photo shows Marcel Proust (C) with French playwright and journalist Robert de Flers (L) and French writer Lucien Daudet

There are boyhood photos of Proust and Man Ray's image of him on his deathbed.

Drawing of Amiens Cathedral: A drawing of Amiens Cathedral by Marcel Proust © AFP A drawing of Amiens Cathedral by Marcel Proust

One of the photos, dated 1896, shows Proust with his secret lover Lucien Daudet. Proust's mother had ordered him to destroy all copies of it.

Proust on his deathbed - a famous photo by Man Ray © AFP Proust on his deathbed - a famous photo by Man Ray

There is also a letter from Proust to another lover, the pianist Reynaldo Hahn, whom he describes as "really the person who, besides mummy, I love most of all in the world".

The collection, put up for auction by Patricia Mante-Proust, is valued at between €520,000 (£396,000; $580,000) and €740,000.

The seven-volume Remembrance of Things Past is considered a literary masterpiece, rich in personal memories, the most famous being the evocative taste of a madeleine bun dipped in tea.

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