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Piaf's love letter auctioned

A LOVE letter written by French singer Edith Piaf to a Greek actor more than 50 years ago, telling him "don't let my heart die," has fetched 1,500 euros (US$1,989) at auction in Greece.

The letter, a telegram and a program of her performance in Athens was sold among 500 other artefacts in the Greek capital on Friday.

Edith Piaf, who died of cancer at the age of 47 in 1963, wrote the letter to budding Greek heart-throb Dimitris Horn in 1946 ?? the year she recorded "La Vie en Rose" ?? just two days after meeting him in Athens.

According to an excerpt printed in the auction catalogue, Piaf, using a pet name for the actor, declared: "I love you like I have never loved. Taki, don't let my heart die!"

The singer wrote the letter to Horn while she was already in a relationship with French actor and singer Yves Montand.


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