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Love letter for Dietrich fetches high price

A love letter from Alberto Giacometti to Marlene Dietrich sold for $266,500 (SFr255,280) at a Sotherby's auction in New York on Friday.

The three-page letter the Swiss sculptor wrote to the German actress testifies to their short but intense relationship, which took place in November 1959.

In his letter dated December 12, 1959, Giacometti includes three ink-drawings of a rose bouquet and tells the actress he is working on a sculpture for her.

Dietrich, who insisted on meeting Giacometti after she saw his work in a museum, initiated the relationship.

Whereas Giacometti’s wife did not seem to mind the meetings between Dietrich and her husband, his mistress Caroline grows increasingly jealous, putting an end to their relationship shortly before this letter was written.

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