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Rare Baudelaire papers up for grabs

Personal letters, first edition copies and even a suicide note A suicide note is a message left by someone who later attempts or commits suicide. It is estimated that 12-20% of suicides are accompanied by a note.[1] However, incidence rates may depend on race, method of suicide, and cultural differences and may reach rates as high  penned by 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire go on sale next week in Paris.

Among pieces up for auction is an original copy of one of his most celebrated works, "Les Fleurs du mal Les Fleurs du mal (literal trans. "The Flowers of Evil") is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. First published in 1857, it was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. " (The flowers of evil), an 1857 volume of poems that outraged authorities at the time as being blasphemous blas·phe·mous  
Impiously irreverent.

[Middle English blasfemous, from Late Latin blasph
 and indecent.

The copy up for sale December 1 at the Drouot auction house was among 1,500 first printed and is annotated by the poet himself. It is estimated to be worth between 120,000 to 150,000 euros (179,500 to 224,000 dollars).

A letter titled "Du suicide" (about suicide) was written by Baudelaire after an attempt to take his own life in June of 1845 and is said to be worth between 50,000 and 70,000 euros.

Other items include correspondence, notably a letter from French literary great Victor Hugo, as well as Baudelaire's birth and death certificates.

The documents, photographs and books belonged to Baudelaire, his mother Caroline and his solicitor and friend Narcisse Ancelle.

A dictionary he used to translate the works of American writer Edgar Allen Poe is estimated at 30,000 to 40,000 euros.
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