Saturday, January 26, 2008

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Anyone who wants the thrill of scuffling around the house in the slippers of a former French President should head directly to famed auction house Hotel Drouot this week.

On Tuesday, January 29 at 2:30 pm Drouot will be auctioning the clothing and personal effects of late French President François Mittérand. Shoes, slippers, hats, watches, business suits -- all are up for grabs, at a price. Also to be included are gifts that Mittérand received as head of state, such as sets of porcelain, a souvenir from Castro, a crocodile bag or two.

As much as the items might be of interest to curiosity-seekers, the crowd in attendance could be an equally fascinating star-studded group of mittérandistes, history buffs, and more.

The sale is expected to fetch between 60,000 and 90,000 euros. Proceeds will go to the Fondation France Libertés. Auction preview is Monday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Address: Espace Tajan, Hotel Drouot, 9 rue Drouot in the 9e arrondissement.


The Diva said...

Ewww . . . yuck, but what a great title for your post. You are a clever writer, Polly.

My Inner French Girl said...

So, will you go?

I guess with hundreds of years behind her, France isn't really in the mood to add yet another massive collection of stuff to its archives. I assume that France doesn't have a system of presidential libraries/museums like we have here?

I would at least love a watch. And I gotta have a crocodile bag from President Mitterand's closet. Sigh. Maybe when my novel hits the NY Times bestseller list 200 weeks in a row.


Polly-Vous Francais said...

Dee: Thanks! These things just pop into my head, so I don't know how clever I am or just lucky.

Marjorie: I'm going to look at the newspaper today to see how the sale went; I couldn't go. Good luck with your novel!

My Inner French Girl said...

Merci, Polly! When I come to Paris for my booksigning, you'll recognize as the little Asian chick swinging a red Birkin in one hand. Oh, and a gorgeous bald guy holding her other hand. ;-) (That would be my hubby B.)


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