Leonard Cohen’s Love Letters Sell for $876,000

A compilation of over fifty love letters written by legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen were sold at auction for $876,000. According to BBC News, one letter, which was only expected to bring in $10,000 ended up selling for nearly $60,000. In fact, a large amount of items sold for more than five times the estimate.

 

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Cohen’s letters were addressed to his lover and muse, Marianne Ihlen. The letters, according to Christie’s, “offer fascinating glimpses of the young poet’s yearning and artistic struggles.” They also give insight into his struggles transitioning from a poet and novelist, to a singer-songwriter. Cohen and Ihlen met in the 60s, and though their relationship was frequently long distance, it remained profound. She was the inspiration for many of his songs such as So Long Marianne, Bird on a Wire, and That’s No Way To Say Goodbye. The two maintained a strong friendship even after their romance came to an end. They both died in 2016, just months apart.

 

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