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A flunky holds up a small, framed something, which is video-projected dimly on a screen behind the stage. For the buyers, there is a repro in the catalogue, so they know what it is.

The price starts off at 20,000 francs and pops up to 80 before the hammer falls. If there is action to see, it cannot be seen from the balcony.

Another piece comes and goes. The third item starts at 100,000 francs and zip, zam, boom, goes beyond a half million before being hammered away. The whole bidding process takes about 90 seconds or two minutes, maximum.

Dora Maar was born in the rue d'Assas in 1907 and grew up in Argentina. After returning to France, she studied in different ateliers, becoming a photographer along the way. After photographing in Barcelona in 1932 and London in 1934, she became 'political.'

She was also associated with the surrealists, with Georges Bataille, and the group around André Breton. As an anti-fascist in 1935, she did her surrealist paintings. This was when she met Pablo Picasso. She found him his new atelier in the rue des Grands Augustins.

While Picasso painted 'Guernica,' Dora Maar not only modelled for it but photographed every stage of its development as well. She influenced Picasso's political position and he eventually joined the French Communist Party in October, 1944. A lot of other people probably joined it in that month too.

Maar showed her paintings in two galleries, but Picasso found a new friend, François Gilot. From this point Dora Maar fell into depression, took therapy, reverted to strong Catholicism and more or less retired from life and memory.

Besides two exhibitions of her works in the '50's, her works have only been shown to the public in 1990 and again in 1995. She was not only Picasso's model for the series 'Femmes en Pleurs,' but she was an artist in her own right.

The sales of Dora Maar's Picasso collection, will be followed by two sales of photographs. The first - of other artists, was last Thursday and Dora Maar's own surrealist photographs will be auctioned off on 20. November. I believe there are some 'fonds d'atelier' to go too.

Le Monde's estimate of the sales' total was between 150 andphoto: 1 nov colors 200 million francs, which will largely go to the state. Dora Maar had no close heirs. Even if there were any, everybody else gets a percentage first.

Yesterday's Ile-de-France colors, between frequent showers.

According to Le Parisien, the first evening of sales totalled 150 million francs. I could find no update in the papers at the end of the week.

When I got out of the Maison de la Chemie, it was pouring in sheets in the rue Saint-Dominique and pedestrians were hiding in doorways, with the automatic doors. The guards had disappeared into their warm interior cubbyholes.

News from The Tocqueville Connection:

Although I have not looked at Friday's The Tocqueville Connection,' I have been informed that it has news a features concerning France's nuclear policy and something about 'Danny the Red' returning to French politics. He never entirely left them.

No New URLs - Wait for Next Week

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 2.44 - 3. November 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Death in Marly Is Internet's Loss' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'French Truckers About to Resume 1996 Srike.' The issue had one article entitled 'Looking Around for Nalpoléon III, with Thirza Vallois.' There were two 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week said, 'Arthur has a 's' on his sweater because it is Halloween'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 425 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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