Over 14,000 of Eva & Juan Perón's Items up for Auction
02/16/2010 - 18:00 ||
Former President Juan Perón and his wife Evita are Argentina's most enduring and beloved political figures. Now, they have found a way to give back to the people closest to their hearts from beyond the grave through the sale of over 14,000 artifacts collected from the Perón family estate. The items were recovered through an "arduous labor" of love with some pieces being donated voluntarily and others being reclaimed through legal means.
Perón, who married Eva the year before his first term as president of Argentina from 1946-1955, was exiled for 17 years after a military coup forced him out of power. He called Spain his home for 12 of those years in exile and many of the objects up for sale reflect the time he spent in the Iberian country. Among the most coveted items are a book by historian Felix Luna dedicated to the general and corrected throughout by Perón, a Limoges porcelain jewelry box gifted to the couple by Josephine Baker, and two fans given to Eva by by Spanish flamenco singer Miguel de Molina and playwright Jacinto de Benavent. Eva died of cancer in 1952 at the age of 33.
The goods will be auctioned off for charity and are expected to raise over $20 million for humanitarian causes.