Proust's Du Cote de chez Swann to make $408,000?

A first edition copy of Du Cote de chez Swann by Marcel Proust inscribed to Lucien Daudet is valued at $271,960-407,940 ahead of an auction at Sotheby's in Paris.

The son of Alphonse Daudet, a well known French writer, Lucien became a writer and artist but never managed to escape his father's shadow.

Marcel Proust Swann
Du Cote de chez Swann is the first book in the seven volume series: In Search of Lost Time

He is best known for his affair with Proust, which was revealed by the writer and gossip columnist Jean Lorrain in 1897. Proust famously fought a duel with Lorrain in a forest outside Paris; however, both men's bullets missed their mark.

The book is bound in red morocco and gold tooling, and aside from some speckles on the back cover is in excellent condition.

A first edition of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett in original condition is valued at $33,995-47,593.

First published in 1952, the play premiered at the Theatre de Babylone, Paris and was an instant success. It has since been performed across the world and has been described as the defining theatrical work of the 20th century.

The famously enigmatic play has been performed in a range of contexts, including during the siege of Sarajevo in 1993 and in the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans in 2007.

Earlier this year the manuscript for Murphy, Samuel Beckett's first novel, realised £962,500 ($1.4m) at Sotheby's in London.  

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