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In a couple, for better or verse

Rimbaud lots include a poem he gave to his lover Verlaine a year before their last quarrel

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A DRUNKEN and distraught Paul Verlaine tried but failed to shoot his young lover, Arthur Rimbaud, during the famous quarrel that ended their relationship.

The pistol that he used was sold for €360,000 (£305,605) by Christie’s Paris on November 30, but much more recently, at Sotheby’s Paris (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on February 8, a poem given by Rimbaud to Verlaine a year before that violent argument was bid to €230,000 (£196,580) by a collector. A manuscript copy of ‘La rivière de cassis’ was one of three Rimbaud lots that together accounted for a substantial portion of the premiuminclusive sale total of €1.7m (£1.45m).

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