A diary written by the legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky containing thirty thousand words of unpublished material has fetched forty-five thousand pounds (about 100 thousand dollars) at Sotheby's auction rooms in London, (24 July).
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"Lot two hundred and fifty-seven. The autographed manuscript of the diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. Five thousand pounds to start at. Five thousand, six thousand, seven thousand, eight thousand, nine thousand, ten thousand, twelve thousand, fourteen thousand, sixteen thousand, eighteen thousand, twenty thousand, forty thousand, forty-two thousand, forty-five thousand. At forty thousand pounds. Selling now at forty-two thousand, forty-five thousand. At forty-five thousand pounds. At forty-five thousands pounds. On my left at forty-five thousand pounds. ....Colin Franklin."
DARBY: "It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that this is a pretty tragic set of diaries."
DAVIDS: "No indeed they were written in the winter of 1918, 1919. Now Nijinsky was progressively going more mad."
DARBY: "And was he aware of this?"
DAVIDS: "Yes. At one point in the diary he says I know what I need to become well again. My sickness is too great for me to be able to be cured soon. I am incurable. My soul is sick. I am poor, I am destitute, I am horrible."
DARBY: "And did he go completely mad just after that?"
DAVIDS: "He passed into a sort of silence and he was kept in sanatoria in Europe for over twenty years before he came to England in 1947."
REPORT: JOHN DARBY
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Background: A diary written by the legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky containing thirty thousand words of unpublished material has fetched forty-five thousand pounds (about 100 thousand dollars) at Sotheby's auction rooms in London, (24 July). The manuscript, which fills three exercise books, was bought by an Oxford dealer, Colin Franklin. Nijinsky wrote the diary at St. Mortiz in the winter of 1918-1919. It contains erotic passages about Nijinsky's stormy relationship with Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev and recounts his love for his Hungarian-born wife Romola and daughter Kyra. Two-thirds of Nijinsky's diaries have already been published but this manuscript is different because it reflects the tortured state of Nijinsky's mind as i.e. became aware of the onset of his schizophrenia. Nijinsky's widow, who died last year, had suppressed publication of the diary to protect her husband's reputation. Mr Roy Davids conducted the auction for Sotheby's.