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A collection of 33 letters and drawings by Gebran Khalil Gebran to his lover Madame Marie Azeez el-Khoury was auctioned for over $180,000 Tuesday – around four times its pre-estimated value.Ultimately, the letters and drawings in the collection were separated into four lots.The original figure for the collection was placed at between $42,000 and $54,000, but the works were sold for a combined total of $183,750 .The letters provide a window into Gebran's connection with Khoury.Rihani's uncle, Ameen Rihani, a Lebanese American writer and intellectual, was invited to the dinners attended by Khoury and Gebran.According to Rihani, she graduated from an American college in 1900 – a significant accomplishment for an Arab American woman.
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