On November 28th, Sotheby’s London will be auctioning off the personal things, manuscripts, notebooks and letters of one of the most important filmmakers of all time, Andrei Tarkovsky.

The director of Solaris, Stalker, Nostalgia was the Soviet Union’s rejected national treasure.

Alongside photograph collections of his last years in exile, notes for his great theoretical work Sculpting in Time, director’s books and tapes, there’s a draft letter to President Leonid Brezhnev arguing for Tarkovsky’s case to work in the Soviet Union and have has banned films released:

…For three and a half years the [my] film has been kept away from the screen…Andrei Rublyev was not and could not have been used for any kind of anti-Soviet propaganda…I do not have any opportunity to exercise my creative ideas. I was told that the issue is closely related to the fate of Andrei Rublyev...And still, if I do not have any work, I cannot make a living, though I have a wife and a child. I do not feel comfortable talking about that, but my situation has been unchanged for so long that I cannot keep silence any longer…

The archives are estimated to be worth up to $160,000. Cinephiles, quit quivering.