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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 372

Montblanc, “Writers Edition”, Ref. 35408, made in 2004

“Franz Kafka”, limited edition, No. 05 415 / 18 500

CHF 650 - 800

EUR 600 - 700 / USD 750 - 850 / HKD 5,600 - 6,500

Fountain-pen with medium 18K rhodium-plated yellow gold nib engraved with insect motif from The Metamorphosis (dated 2004)

Original fitted box and outer box, “Franz Kafka” booklet and guarantee (dated October 19, 2004)

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Brand Montblanc


Montblanc, “Franz Kafka”

Montblanc created this pen in 2004 in honour of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), in a limited and numbered edition of 18 500 examples. The thirteenth of Montblanc’s “Writers Edition”.

Crafted from translucent dark red resin and fitted in sterling silver. With a certain humour, this pen alludes to the theme of Kafka’s metamorphosis; its shape gradually changes from top to bottom, from round to square.

The ball-point-pen was produced in a limited and numbered edition of … 000 examples.

The mechanical pencil was produced in a limited and numbered edition of … 000 examples.

A set of three writing instruments, comprising a fountain-pen, a ball-point-pen and a mechanical pencil, was produced in a limited and numbered edition of 4 500 examples.


Kafka, Franz
July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924

German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic. It typically features isolated protagonists facing bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible socio-bureaucratic powers. It has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. His best-known works include Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those found in his writing.


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