The Raoul Simonson and Monique and Albert Kies Library sale totalled €2.1 million, achieving three times the low estimate. An impressive copy of Proust's Du Côté de chez Swann, the copy of Lucien Daudet from 1913, sold for €601,500, achieving the highest price of the sale.
The second part of this sale dedicated to the literary collection of Raoul Simonson presents European literature from the 15th century onwards. Noteworthy highlights include the French manuscript of Songe de la voie d’Enfer et de Paradis from the collection of J. Thiboust, the King’s secretary; excerpts from Flores Senecae chosen by Erasmus; and a manuscript circa 1530 from the Philipps collection.
Two authors are highly important in this auction; the first being Marcel Proust with Lucien Daudet’s extremely rare copy of Du Côté de chez Swann, and a remarkable set of letters to Daudet’s grandmother, Madame A. Daudet, Madame Strauss, Montesquiou, Louis de Robert and Reynaldo Hahn. Equally significant is Guillaume Apollinaire, who shines with some of his passionate letters to the Countess Louise de Coligny-Châtillon, whose famous first letter Lou, my rose was written just after their initial meeting.