13 December 2010

Giacometti Letter to Dietrich Sells for $ 266 500

A letter written to Dietrich by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti in 1959 sold for $266,500 at a Sotheby's auction in New York on Friday, CBC News reports. The three page letter was written to Dietrich around the time of her 1959 triumph at Paris' Theatre de l'Etoile and features pen-and-ink drawings of roses.

Sotheby's Lot Description:
Autograph letter signed ("Alberto Giacometti"), 3 pages (10 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.; 270 x 215 mm) with 3 pen-and-ink drawings, Paris, 12 December 1959, to Marlene Dietrich; one vertical and one horizontal fold, minimal wear. Autograph envelope (signed "Alberto Giacometti"), also inscribed "Giacometti" in red ink by Dietrich.

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