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Articles - June - 2013 Issue

The Russians Are Coming

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Save your drafts authors! You never know.

RR Auctions of Amherst, New Hampshire recently sold at auction an annotated copy of the final draft of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The winning bid was $306,000.  Revisions and corrections including the change of the principal character's name from Connie Gustafson to Holly Golightly are in the author’s hand.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s is Mr. Capote’s classic account of society life in New York.

The buyer, Igor Sosin, a Russian, placed bids from his private jet as he streaked across the skies of southern Europe, a scenario Mr. Capote would have appreciated.
  

Bids were placed online over 17 days.  As the sale drew to a close an American collector went toe to toe with his European opponent, each bid answered by Mr. Sosin with a “dah”, Russian for yes and then, with the bidding over, one imagines “felicitations” as he was landing in Nice.   Mr. Capote was a student of language and would have appreciated the heated competition.

May I speak further on Mr. Capote’s behalf?   I think he’d like to have his text placed in Lenin’s tomb for an hour or so.  It would warm the place up.

Exhibitions are anticipated in Moscow and Monaco.

RR Auctions, that in 2012 had a spectacular year, is doing even better in 2013.  Bobby Livingstone, speaking on behalf of the company said, “unique and interesting collectibles are hot right now.  This market is helping us to set records.”  Truman would agree.

Link to RR Auctions.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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