A book of Brodsky’s poems with his autograph, the first exhibit of the poet’s memorial museum, will be sold at a charity auction. This was announced on March 30 in the store “Subscription Editions”, which is a co-organizer of the auction.
The first exhibit of the museum “One and a half rooms”, which was purchased from photographer and journalist Natasha Sharymova, a close acquaintance of the poet, will be put up for auction. This is the original edition of Brodsky’s second English-language collection, A Part of Speech, with his autograph.
The book was released in the United States in 1980 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It includes not only the cycle of the same name “Part of Speech”, created in 1972-1976, but also other poems of 1965-1978, translated into English by various authors.
Proceeds will be divided into three equal parts and directed to the AdVita Cancer Support Fund, the Nochlezhka charity project, and the Anton Tut Ryady Foundation for Systemic Support of People with Autism.
“We hold a charity auction every spring, but this year it is especially important – like any charity initiative today: over the past month, foundations that save lives every day have found themselves in a really terrible situation, losing a huge part of funding…” – write auction organizers.
The auction, which started at noon on March 30 in the telegram channel of the store, will end on March 31 at 18:00. The auction will be held in the comments. The starting price of the lot is 10,000 rubles (increase step – 5,000 rubles). In response to a question from Fontanka, the Brodsky Museum clarified that there are no plans to sell other exhibits in the near future.