Historic 'Surrealist Manifesto' hits auction block

The only known complete copy of André Breton's seminal "Surrealist Manifesto" hits Sotheby's auction block in Paris on Wednesday. Published in 1924, the document was central to the creation of the Surrealist movement.


The only known complete copy of the "Surrealist Manifesto," the 21-page document that defined one of the great art movements of the 20th century, is to be auctioned in Paris on Wednesday.

Penned by Andre Breton and published in 1924, it comes from the collection of the late Simone Collinet, his first wife, and is valued by Sotheby's at 300,000 to 500,000 euros (468,500 to 780,800 dollars).

The auction house said eight other manuscripts that Breton gave to Collinet would also be sold on Wednesday.

Breton, who died in September 1966 at age 70, is regarded as the founder of surrealism, which he defined in the "Surrealist Manifesto" as "psychic automatism in its pure state".

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