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Fancy a bit of 18th century porn?

Fancy a bit of 18th century porn?
Marquis de Sade’s original rolled manuscript of 120 Days of Sodom (Picture: Reuters)

If you’re in the mood for kicking back with a bit of 232-year old pornography, you absolutely can.

All you need is a bit of money.

Or four to six million euros to be precise (around £3.5million – £5.2million).

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One of the world’s largest collections of historic letters, musical scores, notes and manuscripts will be auctioned in Paris later this month.

Among the ancient lots is the Marquis de Sade’s Bastille-written pornographic novel 120 Days of Sodom.

The X-rated manuscript – written on 33 pieces of scroll while Sade was imprisoned in 1785 – can be tightly rolled up and hidden in your hand, for fans of being discreet.

Fancy a bit of 18th century porn?
The pornographic novel can be hidden in your hand (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

It tells the tale of four noblemen who resolve to experience every sexual perversion.

When he was forcibly taken from prison in 1789, Sade’s scroll was left behind and only later discovered.

It is expected to sell for between four million and six million euros.

‘It’s a book written on a 12-metre long roll which if it’s rolled up tightly can be hidden in your hand,’ said Claude Aguttes, chief auctioneer.

‘Sade used to hide it every night behind a stone in the Bastille.’

Other lots include a 40-page first-hand account of the sinking of the Titantic by survivor Helen Churchill Candee, whose dramatic testimony helped inspire the movie Titanic.

The vast collection was assembled by Aristophil, a French company set up in 1990 that raised funds from investors and art lovers in exchange for a share in the incredible works of art.

Aristophil’s founder, Gerard Lheritier, was once known as ‘the king of manuscripts’ but his firm went bankrupt in 2015, having spent millions of euros on almost 130,000 pieces.

Fancy a bit of 18th century porn?
A first-hand account of the sinking of the Titantic that helped inspire the movie is also up for auction (Picture: Reuters)

Lheritier, 69, was detained and put under investigation for fraud, a charge he has denied.

The entire collection is now being liquidated, a process that is expected to take six years spread over more than 200 auctions.

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The first sale is expected to raise between 12 and 16 million euros – but the prices may never match what Lheritier paid.

He said the Marquis de Sade’s manuscript cost 7 million euros, but it is not expected to reach that sum.

All will be handled by auctioneers Aguttes, with the first taking place at the Drouot auction house in Paris on December 20.

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