Handwritten Poem By Anne Frank Sold At Auction For Nearly $150,000

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Frank is most well-known for her diaries chronicling her time as a German-born Jewish teenager hiding in occupied Amsterdam during World War II. Frank and her family were captured late in the war. She died at 15 years old in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp, just before it was liberated by Allied forces.

A rare handwritten poem signed by the famed diarist was sold at auction on Wednesday for €140,000 ($148,620).

The poem, also signed by Anne Frank, was written in the “friendship book” of Christiane “Cri-Cri” van Maarsen, the older sister of Frank’s best friend, Jacqueline van Maarsen, according to auction house Bubb Kuyper in the city of Haarlem.

Bubb Kuyper director Thijs Blankevoort told CNN that the sale price — which was four or five times the expected 30,000-50,000 euros — had surprised everyone in the auction room.
He said the buyer was a private person who didn’t want to disclose his or her identity.
The poem reads:
Dear Cri-Cri,
If you did not finish your work properly,
And lost precious time,
Then once again take up your task
And try harder than before.
If others have reproached you
For what you have done wrong,
Then be sure to amend your mistake.
That is the best answer one can make.
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