Charitable purposes: García Márquez’s cloakroom is sold for a charitable foundation

Charitable purposes
García Márquez’s cloakroom is being sold for a foundation

The writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez smiles outside his home in Mexico City. More than seven years after the Colombian writer’s death, his wardrobe is sold. Photo: Mario Guzman / epa efe / dpa

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The dressing room of the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez is sold more than seven years after his death. The proceeds from 400 items of clothing go to charitable causes.

More than seven years after the death of the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, his wardrobe is sold.

The proceeds from the sale of 400 pieces of clothing by the 1982 Nobel Prize laureate in literature and his late wife Mercedes will go to charitable purposes, said his granddaughter Emilia García in an interview published on Friday by the Mexican newspaper “Milenio”.

“What can be found in the closet are the most iconic things from Gabo and Mercedes,” the actress continued. Jackets, ties, shoes, bags, dresses that characterized García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha. You couldn’t imagine the writer without a tweet jacket.

From October 20, the former home of the author of “Hundred Years of Solitude” in Mexico City will open its doors to those interested, initially only for family friends and later for visitors with an agreed date. The white gala suit that García Márquez wore when the Nobel Prize was awarded, called Liquiliqui and typical of Venezuela and Colombia, has been in the National Museum of Colombia since 2003.

García Márquez, one of the most widely read Latin American authors, died on April 17, 2014 at the age of 87 in the Mexican capital, where he had lived for decades. His wife died on August 15 last year at the same age. They had been together for more than half a century.

The money raised from the sale will be used to support the Fisanim Foundation in Mexico City, which cares for the health and nutrition of indigenous children.


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