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Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent’s partner, is planning on selling his personal library, which counts more than 1000 works. The collection encompasses a range of manuscripts and books, some of which date back to the 15th century. 
 
Having always had an interest for books, Pierre Bergé originally started off his career selling first editions of books, before becoming director of the Yves Saint-Laurent fashion house. His personal library had long been kept private. It includes a number of first editions, works in their original language such as classics by Dostoïevski and James Joyce as well as rare finds such as the Madame Bovary which Gustave Flaubert gifted to writer Victor Hugo.
 
The catalogue for the auction is set to be published in September 2015, with the collection being shown in New York, London, Geneva and Moscow throughout autumn. The first of the seven sales will take place in December 2015. The auction will be held in collaboration with Sotheby’s at French auction house Drouot.
 
It will be Bergé’s second large-scale auction: in 2009, he sold his art collection which he had spent years collecting together with Yves Saint-Laurent. The sale bought almost 375 million euros, with a part of the proceeds going to charity. The sale of his private library will undoubtedly fetch another such large sum.