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Shown above is a superb subtitled video of a conversation between Pierre Berge and another great book collector and author Umberto Eco, discussing their passions about books. The video is about 8 minutes in length.

Pierre Berge’s book collection is one of the finest private libraries in France, and it goes to auction in Paris on December 11, 2015.

As an avid old book collector, I was awed to see these two grand collectors share their love of books with the world. The collection will be auctioned in conjunction with Sotheby’s.

Berge was the deceased fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent’s partner and ran a successful art auction house in Paris as well.

Use this link to see the extraordinary auction catalog.