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Sketches of the Little Prince found in an old house in Switzerland

Sketches of the Little Prince de Antoine de Saint-Exupéry were found in an old building in northern Switzerland, where they were kept by a real estate mogul among tens of thousands of artworks.

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Sketches of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "Little Prince" found in a building in Switzerland.
(Photo by Stiftung fur Kunst Kultur und Geschichte Winterthur, Switzerland).
Photo: AFP / VNA / CVN

Acquired more than 30 years ago at an auction in Switzerland, the sketches were kept in hard and "are in very good condition ", said Elisabeth Grossmann, curator of the Winterthur Foundation for Art, Culture and History on Thursday, August 15, in Zurich. "On the other hand, many other works are in poor condition," she added, adding that the collection is being stored in several areas of the city.

The cardboard contained three drawings related to the Little Prince – the drunk on his planet, the boa digesting an elephant with handwritten annotations, and the Little Prince and the fox – as well as a poem illustrated with a small drawing and letter. of love addressed to his wife Consuelo. As revealed on Thursday, August 15, the local newspaper Land shop, lThe sketches, which are undamaged, were made on airmail with Indian ink and watercolor.

Zurich collector Bruno Stefanini, who died in December 2018 at the age of 94, bought them at an auction in 1986 in Bevaix (west). Owner of one of Switzerland's largest art collections, he founded the foundation in Winterthur in 1980 to manage his heritage. The Little Prince, written in New York by Antoine de Saint Exupéry during the war, and illustrated with his own watercolors, was published in 1943 in New York, then in 1946 in France, after the plane's disappearance on July 31, 1944. Outside Marseille .

The writer lived for two years in Switzerland, from 1915 to 1917, in a religious boarding school in Freiburg (Center). The original illustrations of his book are kept at the Morgan Library in New York City. Mme Grossmann told the newspaper Landbote for the Foundation to contact the Morgan Library to inform them "to find".


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