Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Callas' Life for Art and Love!

Sotheby's Milan is auctioning today the estate of Maria Callas' first husband, Giovanni Battista Meneghini.

Musical scores, furniture and household goods including fine china, paintings, gowns and dresses, crucifixes and icons, theatre programs, newspaper clippings (including a rather nasty caricature), correspondence and love letters, remnants of Maria Callas' life during her marriage with her first husband, come under the hammer.

Enough has been said and written about the greatest singer of the twentieth century. The tragic, protracted love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotl Onassis - who broke his betrothal to her when the availability of President John F. Kennedy's widow, Jacky became to much a temptation for the middle class Greek laddy from Smyrna - seems to have been fatal to both.

Despite the depth of the Greek drama, the artistic accomplishments of the great mezzo soprano are her truly unique contribution to the world of music ... or it might be said that both were the fruits of the same driving passion and dedication.

The aria from the second act of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" characterizes her in more ways than one: Vissi d'arte, vissi d’amore - I lived for art, I lived for love ...

A slide-show is available in the Store Room, which is undergoing refurbishment at the moment, for which apologies. "Maria Callas La Divina" provides a rather comprehensive biography.


Sotheby's has announced the results:

Sale Total: 1,766,228 EUR.
The rather nasty caricature fetched 5.250,=.

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