Paris, 30 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Sotheby’s is to sell on 29 and 30 April 2013 the exceptional library of the Dukes of Luynes, consisting of several thousand books and some treasures, such as an album of watercolours by Turpin de Crissé.
Located since the 17th century in a wing of the castle of Dampierre, the library will be dispersed by the family who hopes to raise funds to renovate the building built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. According to Le Figaro, the Luynes family expects a result around €3M.
Sales will be held in two times, in spring and autumn. The April sale, including over 1,500 books dated from the reign of Louis XIII to the French Revolution, will be divided into 500 lots, since some rare pieces could reach very high estimates such as the wedding album of the Dauphin, Louis XV’s son, with the Infanta of Spain, estimated between €200,000 and €300,000.