Date
18 August 2017
A monument to Karl Marx is decorated with a German national football team jersey in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. A letter written by the philosopher will be auctioned in China this month. Photo: AFP
A monument to Karl Marx is decorated with a German national football team jersey in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. A letter written by the philosopher will be auctioned in China this month. Photo: AFP

Shanghai Marxs spot for rare letter sale

A Shanghai collector is putting a letter by Karl Marx under the hammer in the city this month, the first time correspondence from the German philosopher has been auctioned on the mainland, Shanghai Daily reported Monday.

Shanghai Hosane Auction Co. said the collector exchanged an ancient Chinese painting for the letter three years ago and it had been about four decades since a letter by Marx had last been available through an open auction. The company did not specify a reserve price, the report said.

In the letter written on May 28, 1869 in Manchester, England, Marx asks a friend about how people in Russia had responded to his theories, the report said.

Marx was working at the time on a revised German edition and the first Russian edition of “Das Kapital”, the auction house said.

Two-thirds of Marx’s manuscripts and letters are in the International Institute of Social History in the Netherlands, while most of the rest are in an archive in Russia.

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