Hemingway memorabilia hidden for 50 years hints at affair with socialite; auction set for June

Hemingway_personal_trove.JPGA large collection and a daughter’s claims her mother once shared an intimate relationship with author and journalist Ernest Hemingway may set a record for a small Tennessee auction company.

During Ernest Hemingway’s 1959 trip to Pamplona, Spain, to produce an essay for Life Magazine, he met and had a relationship with U.S.-born socialite Beatrice Diaz Davis. “Bea” saved nearly every object she encountered during the visit for more than 50 years. Her daughter inherited the trove when Bea passed away in 2006.

Terry’s Auction of Maryville, Tenn., will sell hundreds of items from collection June 4, 2011, at its gallery and online via Proxibid.com. General manager Cissy Allen said Terry’s Auction is known more for its weekly antiques and collectibles auction than celebrity memorabilia.

“We’ve never had anything like this,” Cissy told Antique Trader. “If it wasn’t for [the consignor] liking us so well, we wouldn’t have it. She trusts us to do the research and take care of her. She plainly said her mother and Hemingway were boyfriend/girlfriend. She was his mistress.”

Learn what Terry’s Auction discovered in the trove at Antique Trader.

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