John Steinbeck's Personal Belongings Up For Auction
A variety of personal effects belonging to author John Steinbeck will be auctioned off at Bloomsbury Auctions in New York on June 23. The Travel Books, Autographs, and Literature auction will feature personal letters, manuscripts and photographs from his three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan where he lived until his death in 1968. The pieces are expected to bring a total of $200,000 to $250,000 and include his acceptance speech for his 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature and manuscripts written on lined yellow paper. His total library of around 800 books is being sold as a single lot with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. A briefcase belonging to Edward Ricketts, Steinbeck's longtime friend and collaborator who was the inspiration for the character of 'Doc' in "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday" is estimated to sell between $9,000 to $12,000 and it contains a Western Union telegram notifying Steinbeck of Ricketts' death.
The sale is also full of other treats ranging from ancient maps to a stock certificate from John D. Rockefeller, Benito Mussolini's signature and a drawing done by Jimmy Stewart. There are also many signed lots of playbills autographed by Laurence Olivier, Katherine Hepburn, Paul Newman and other greats of stage and screen.
[via Art Daily]
UPDATE: The auction brought in only $73,950.