Mystery bidder buys rare Anne Frank poem for a whopping $148,000

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(WGNO) – A rare poem written by Anne Frank less than four months before she went into hiding to evade the Nazis was sold at auction for 140,000 euros ($148,000) in the Netherlands.

The poem was written in the friendship book of Christine, “Cri-Cri” Van Maarsen, the older sister of Frank’s best friend, according to a CNN report.

Frank’s poem reads:

Dear Cri-Cri, 

If you did not finish your work properly,

And lost precious time, 

Then once again take up your task

And try harder than before.

If others have reproached you

For what you have done wrong, 

Then be sure to amend your mistake.

That is the best answer one can make.



The poem is dated March 28, 1942.

The sale price for the poem was four or five times the expected 30,000-50,000 euros. The buyer was a private person who did not wish to disclose his or her identity.

Anne Frank was 13 when she and her family went into hiding. For two years she never left the house, spending much of her time writing in her diary. Anne and her family were were eventually found and arrested by the Nazis in August 1944.

She died of typhus in a concentration camp sometime around March 1945. Her diary survived.