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Sotheby’s Literary Letters Auction


letter-signed-helen-kellerSotheby’s New York has a lot of literary letters up for auction, as reported in the L.A. Times blog Jacket Copy.

The literary letters up for bids include:

- Two letters from Charlotte Bronte, one estimated at $70,000-$100,000 and the other at $30,000-$50,000

- Two letters signed “Emily” from Emily Dickinson, each estimated at $35,000-$50,000

- A pen-and-ink portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, inscribed with a quote from “The Great Gatsby” and signed by Fitzgerald, estimated at $25,000-$35,000

- A collection of letters — and, it appears, snapshots — from John Steinbeck, estimated at $25,000-$35,000

- 115 items from Robinson Jeffers, including first editions, manuscripts, signed letters and an autographed photo, estimated at $18,000-$25,000

- A typed speech (given at Princeton) with handwritten notes, signed, by Albert Einstein, estimated at $10,000-$15,000

- A partial letter, with signature “Walt,” from Walt Whitman to his mother, estimated at $10,000-$15,000

- A letter from Charles Dickens, with extravagant signature, estimated at $8,000-$12,000

- A calling card of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with the notation “I fancy the ‘Valley of Fear’ is the swan song of Sherlock Holmes,” estimated at $8,000-$12,000

as well as numerous letters and writings by Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens.

Have a look at some of the priceless (actually, okay, they have prices) literary letters for sale available on AbeBooks.

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