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Jacques Brel Collection Particulière

jacquesbrel.jpgThe auction catalog for the sale of select personal belongings of the beloved Belgian singer Jacque Brel is a browser's delight for music collectors and avid francophone fans alike.  The lots include items related to the singer's career, handwritten lyrics, guitars, and promotional posters, as well as more personal effects, his wallet, pilot's license, and candid photographs.  Born in 1929, Jacques Brel began his singing career in the 1950's, performing in his native Belgium, in bars and nightclubs.  His songs were notable for their poetic lyrics and the singer's emotional delivery.  In his song, Le Tango Funèbre, Brel tells the story of a dead man watching with disgust as his acquaintances feign sadness at his death and thumb through his belongings, laughing as they read his love letters by the fire.  It is a darkly humorous song, and especially ironic considering this auction.  The sale is at Sotheby's in Paris on October 8, and the catalog is currently in recent acquisitions.