Rare manuscripts to be sold from al­leged scam

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

PARIS — Thou­sands of French in­vestors are hop­ing to re­cover some of the money they lost in an al­leged pyra­mid scheme when a col­lec­tion of rare manuscripts goes up for auc­tion start­ing next month.

The 130,000-piece col­lec­tion is es­ti­mated to be worth a sum that could run eight or nine fig­ures. It in­cludes the orig­i­nal manuscript for “The 120 Days of Sodom,’’ a scan­dalous novel by the Mar­quis de Sade, and a hand-writ­ten tes­ti­mony by an Amer­i­can sur­vivor of the Ti­tanic.

A court seized the so-called Aristophil col­lec­tion and or­dered it to be sold off, a process ex­pected to take years. Top lots for the first auc­tion were dis­played Tues­day.

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