Victor Hugo Autograph Letter. Hugo is one of the very few authors that turn up in these sales. The novelist penned this letter (pictured at left) to fellow French man of letters, Alphonse de Lamartine, in 1848 following the February Revolution, calling him a man of little faith. The auction estimate is €3,000-5,000 ($3,400-5,600).
French Poetry Manuscript Pages. Second to the aforementioned Hugo, Lagerfeld also cherished four pages of Charles Marie René Leconte de Lisle’s “The Abduction of Europa,” published posthumously in Derniers Poèmes (1895). The current bid of €300 ($340) is falling short of the €400-600 ($450-680) estimate.
Aubrey Beardsley Drawings. Art and design dominate these auctions, but since Beardsley is widely known for his book illustration, he earns a place on this list. This set of five ornamental drawings—Squatting Devil Fishing, Three Stylized Leaves, Two Dog Roses, Bunches of Grapes Leaves, and Convolvulus leaf—appear to have been used in such a capacity, for title pages or perhaps bookplates? This lot is estimated at €5,000-7,000 ($5,600-7,900).