Bubb Kuyper Dutch auction house will auction at the end of November in the city of Haarlem, an exceptional lot: a rare text that was handwritten by Anne Frank, the teenage of Hebrew origin, in 1942, reports Le Figaro.
It is a ‘unique and extremely rare piece,’ according to representatives of the auction house. The value of this text written by hand in an album of memories of school owned by ‘cricri’ (Christiane) van Maarsen, the older sister of Anne Frank’s best friend, Jacqueline, is estimated to cost between 30,000 and 50,000 euros, but the auction price may be higher.
This text is dated March 28, 1942, a few months after Anne Frank’s family hid in a secret apartment to escape the Nazis. Anne Frank’s family members remained hidden there for two years, from June 1942 to August 1944, before being denounced and deported.
In this apartment, the teenager wrote her famous diary, one of the most popular operas in the world which have sold over 30 million copies and was translated into 67 languages. According to the Dutch newspaper RNC.Next is the fourth time that a text manuscript of Anne Frank has been proposed to be sold.
A number of letters of Anne Frank and her sister Margot by American correspondents were awarded in 1988 for 165,000 dollars. A storybook with the signatures of Anne and Margot was also awarded in May in New York for $62,000, double the original estimate.
The text that auction the words: “In memory of Anne Frank”. The first four rows were probably copied from a magazine in 1938, but the following four lines were not found in other sources.
The teenager died of typhus in early 1945 in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, a few days after his sister’s death.
Anna Frank’s house in Amsterdam appreciates through its spokesman that ‘it is still amazing that after so many years an unknown manuscript was discovered.’