Auction house “Russian enamel” held in Saint-Petersburg the first auction. On sale were exhibited rare books, autographs and postcards. The greatest attention attracted the diary of Anna Akhmatova, which was sold for 7 million rubles, which is almost 10 times higher than the starting price. The General Director of “Empire” Sergei Burmistrov told “Interfax”that the buyer was a private collector, his name is not called.
The diary in question, the poet led in 1959. Its cover pasted we still “the Winter Palace. White hall”. On the inside cover is the bookplate of V. Ardov and inscription: “Victor Ardova – not the poet, but the person who collected my “deeds and days” together, regardless of the repair. Ordynka, Moscow 4 April 1959″.
On the page of the lot noted that among the short notes about who you want to call back where transferred transfers that went to press or printed, there are personal observations and historical evidence Akhmatova.
“June 5. O. F. Bergolts made in the writers ‘ Union in the meeting, speaking about the injustice of the decree of 1946 reported that her speech delighted the audience. Moscow writers thus met the word error in relation to the assessment of creativity M. M. and mine. Welcome to anything for her boldness was not! The abolition resolution was not heard,” reads one of the entries.
“May 13, 1956. Suicides Fadeev. Tragic unexpected news, which many do not even a presentiment, but something still came through in his overly-cheerful communicating with people. With family, saying he worked to be that way, but no printing of the upcoming drama, they too were not noted. I foresee that for a long time, he will not ascribe those motives but about the present, I think only he knew,” wrote the poet.
“On June 12. Miracles happened during the decade of Armenian literature in Moscow! Please sent an invitation from Surkov. Then, in the hall he showed the schedule of publications of Goleta for this year and the last day surprised the idea to include my poem in 40 years. The next morning was followed by a note on the publication of one volume of the “chosen”, – stated in the diary.
During the auction also sold the first book of Vladimir Nabokov “Poems”, published in Petrograd in 1916. With a starting cost of 400 thousand rubles it was sold for 650 thousand rubles. Volume of poems by Mikhail Kuzmin signed by the author with an initial value of 250 thousand rubles was sold for 2.9 million.