Antoine De Saint-Exupéry Films

"Little miracle" as footage du enigmatic writer unveiled Saint-Exupéry is seen v wife a year avant he disappeared

Since it was released in 1943 the children"s classic The little Prince has entranced generations de readers with its parable de loneliness et loss.

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The story of a mysterious blond boy who vanishes in a flash once his histoire is called took on a haunting parallel when auto author disappeared without trace a year later.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry"s corps humain was never discovered after his seconde world war accréditation plane vanished over thé Mediterranean: Le dil. Prince , believed to be thé most widely read livre in thé west after the Bible, became his legacy.

Now a rare film of thé enigmatic writer will carry Saint-Exupéry back to sapin when it is auctioned at Sotheby"s next month. Thé footage, never avant seen publicly, large two minutes 19 seconds, and was shot by an unnamed amateurs film-maker in 16mm Kodachrome.

Made in 1942, while Saint-Exupéry was in exile in Canada, it shows auto writer on a watercraft laughing, joking and surrounded by women. It also functions his wife, Consuelo, of whom no cinématicien record to be thought to exist, and with whom he had a tempestuous relationship, during a apparently difficult temps in their marriage.

It is believed to be the only significant cinématique footage ns Saint-Exupéry in existence and is expected to fetch at the very least €50,000 when it is auctioned at Sotheby"s in Paris nous 18 May.

The french newspaper Le figaro described thé footage as "an unexpected au sens propre miracle". Frédérique Parent, auto Sotheby"s expert handling auto sale, told the guardian she was astonished à learn de the film.

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"I assumed cette would be favor the est différent two film that exist et show him an extremely briefly et from a distance," elle said. "When thé seller sent me two stills from the film, ns was shocked. Right here was auto living breath Saint-Ex and here was Consuelo who we oui never seen avant on film."

The amateurs movie was fabriquer when Saint-Exupéry et Consuelo saw Montreal. They had actually been living in les états-unis damérique after fleeing france on the outbreak ns the lundi world war, where auto writer, a publicité aviator, had actually been criticised parce que le not faire un don General de Gaulle"s cost-free French force in London.

In 1943 Saint-Exupéry redeemed self in auto eyes du his compatriots passant par rejoining thé French aéronautiques force in phibìc Africa, cible in July 1944 while nous a accréditation flight à Nazi-occupied la france his plane disappeared over thé Mediterranean.

His death came one year after hey wrote Le dil Prince, a novella that has actually been translated into 180 languages and sold an ext than 80m copies worldwide.

"In the cinématique Saint-Ex is surrounded passant par women under the watchful eye of Consuelo, who we see driving auto boat; he is informing jokes and laughing et being charming et lovely. It"s année absolutely inexplicable portrayal du Saint-Exupéry especially as he was said venir be ill and depressed at auto time," said ms Parent. "He look at pale et tired et he has dark rings under his eyes cible what is soja wonderful is that we see a an extremely happy Saint-Ex, also though we savoir that this temps in Canada to be one of the most unhappy times of his life.

"It is extremely interesting especially oui the public continues à be fascinated par Saint-Exupéry."

The yacht"s protocole is additionally being marketed in thé same lot ont the film. Cette features a sketched self-portrait with auto words: "That"s me discovering Canada – et I"m filled through wonder. Ns will come back … antoine de Saint-Exupéry et Consuelo."

In 2007 Sotheby"s auctioned 10 love letters indigenous Saint-Exupéry venir a female army officer in Algeria, which fetched €190,000, et last year one du his handwritten manuscripts sold at auction for €250,000.

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This article was amended conditions météorologiques 13 April 2010. The original made numerous references to "Consuela" ns Saint-Exupéry. This has been corrected.