LATEST: A sheet of handwritten lyrics by Belgian singer JACQUES BREL has sold for double its estimated value at a Paris, France auction.
The words for Amsterdam, one of Brel's most popular songs, was bought by a mystery phone bidder, who paid $158,915 (108,750 Euros/GBP85,900) for the text when it went under the hammer on Wednesday (08Oct08).
Another set of lyrics for Mathilde also fetched more than expected, selling for $169,145 (72,550 Euros/GBP91,430).
A stack of other personal items, including records, notebooks, guitars, childhood photographs and his pilot's licence, were also included in the sale.
The auction took place one day before the 30th anniversary of Brel's death from lung cancer. It went ahead despite protests from his family, who offered to buy the entire collection for $256,942 (175,000 Euros/GBP138,888).
Most of the items are thought to have been recovered from a French home Brel shared with his mistress Silvie Riget.