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Handwritten letter from Marcel Cerdan to Edith Piaf (1948)

Handwritten letter from Marcel Cerdan to Edith Piaf (1948)

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In 1948, the future wrestling world champion Marcel Cerdan, desperately in love, writes to his famous lover Edith Piaf.

Handwritten letter from Marcel Cerdan to Edith Piaf. One page, double-sided, paper with letterhead made with the initials MC by Marcel Cerdan. In French. 16.9 cm x 24.4 cm. Paris, January 17, 1948. Excellent condition, with some small tear stains. Single piece.


My dear little Piaf,

(...) I wrote to you non-stop and I didn't receive anything from you, what's going on, have you changed your mind? Have you found someone more interesting and who is always by your side? Did you come back with your boyfriend?

(...) I won't bother you too much and if you don't want me anymore, you won't see me anymore, because I know how to suffer in silence.

(...) When I think about it, I'm lucky because I can live with good memories with you and when I listen to your songs, everywhere, I always have a little sour smile. But still, I'm happy inside and I think I was with her and she sang just for me, maybe you don't remember, it was down Sixth Avenue and you sang.

(...) You are a woman that everyone loves and you didn't have the time to think about that little uneducated boxer who was a little silly in front of you.

(...) Now I'm going to tell you what's happening to me and why I'm not in New York yet.

(...) I prefer a fight in Paris before meeting the tough guys in New York because, if it doesn't work out, it's better to happen here than there, especially for the money I won last time. I'll tell you not to believe everything people tell you about me. The fight in Canada earned me 1,000 dollars and the one in Chicago 3,000, all because of my managers, who argued with Madison Square Garden. I pay the price because, in the end, I am the one who takes the hits and who suffers.

(...) I love you. I'm yours. Write to me soon. Marcel.

Marcel Cerdan (1916 - 1949), was a great boxer in the 1940s, one of the first French world champions, when he beat the American Tony Zale on September 21, 1948 in the United States, giving him immense fame in a traumatized France by the war.

Edith Piaf (1915 - 1963), an internationally famous singer in 1948, met the athlete during a tour of New York at the beginning of the year. It was love at first sight and the great passion of the lives of the two stars. In 1949, they bought their first home, a hôtel particulier in Paris. Unfortunately, a few months later, on October 28, 1949, Marcel Cerdan died in a plane crash on his way to meet Piaf in New York.

Some couples have gone down in history: the philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, the bandits Bonnie and Clyde or even Marcel Cerdan and Edith Piaf, symbols of an intense and tragic love story "French style". In January 1948, Piaf and Cerdan had just met and had few opportunities to meet, Piaf succeeding in the United States and Cerdan preparing to win the world title on the other side of the Atlantic.

Cerdan's love and tears, jealous and low self-esteem, along with touching details about their relationship, make this intimate letter a very special object.

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