PARIS.- On Monday 26th June, Digard Auction is presenting the collection of Simone Signoret and Yves Montand. The mementos of their private life and careers from their house in Autheuil will tell the story of this mythical couple.
To discover: paintings, furniture, art works, jewellery, scenarios, stage clothes, movies and sound tapes, shooting pictures, awards and gold records, autographs and correspondences between Simone SIGNORET, Yves MONTAND and Edith PIAF, memories from a place they loved and from their daily lives.
The Autheuil house is big. In 1954, the fifty-five miles that separated it from Paris made it feel like it was located on the other side of the world. While looking at it, MONTAND used to say: "There are many 'Battling Joes' and 'dead leaves' in there... It is a house for summer, winter, fall and spring
Many people can live and work in it without disturbing one another, without even meeting one another. It quickly became a community house where people would laugh, but also work very seriously. It is the perfect place for the big 'ambassadeurs' or 'assassins' games, as well as practicing for a performance or writing scenarios and book scripts. It is a lovely house, where those who have come before come back again." --Simone SIGNORET "Nostalgia Isnt What It Used to Be"
The piano which was in the Autheuil living room and on which Yves MONTAND practised and sang many songs with his assistant Bob CASTELLA. (2,000-4,000)
The gold record OLYMPIA 81. (3,000-5,000)
Some typewritten versions of "Adieu Volodia", annotated and corrected by Simone SIGNORET.
Simone SIGNORETs writing machine
The main scenarios, paperbacks, and handwritten notes of Simone SIGNORET or Yves MONTAND, such as: Les Héros sont fatigués, Le Salaire de la peur, Les Sorcières de Salem, Vincent, Francois, Paul et les autres, César et Rosalie" etc.
Simone SIGNORETs art-deco diamond wristwatch. (8,000-12,000)
Simone SIGNORET and Yves MONTANDs photo collection will host the auction. These images offer testimony of the shooting and meetings of these two legends of French cinema.