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May 31, 2013

Art owned by TS Eliot's widow on sale

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LONDON — They married in 1957. After the poet's death, Valerie spent almost four decades as guardian of his literary legacy.

In keeping with his wishes, she refused to cooperate with would-be biographers. But she welcomed the unlikely idea of a stage musical based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," which became a global sensation.

Proceeds from the Christie's sale will go to Old Possum's Practical Trust, an arts charity Valerie Eliot set up with some of the money from "Cats."

The works will go under the hammer Nov. 20 in London. Highlights are on view at Christie's New York from Saturday until Tuesday, and in London from June 28 to July 2.

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