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Sartre’s gravestone mystery solved

Published on 22 March 2010 - 4:54pm
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A marble plaque from French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s grave has turned up in Colombia after having gone missing 30 years ago.

The plaque disappeared from Sartre’s grave in the Parisian graveyard Montparnasse shortly after his death in 1980.

Now it appears that the plaque was stolen by Colombian poet Arnulfo Valencia.

The poet told his friend, author William Ospina, what he had done, but he did not believe him. When Valencia died recently, he told his daughter on his deathbed that he had the plaque. Valencia’s relatives want to auction the 20x30-centimetre marble stone, which has broken into 4 pieces, and give the proceeds to a fund for Colombian poets.

Sartre’s grave is marked with another gravestone with his name and that of his girlfriend, author Simone de Beauvoir, who died in 1986.

  • Jean-Paul Sartre<br>&copy; Photo: Wikimedia -


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