Rare text expected to fetch $2-3m
A 161-page typed manuscript that became the guiding text of Alcoholics Anonymous will get its first public exhibition next month before being sold at auction.
The firm Profiles in History announced Wednesday that it will sell the manuscript on June 8 in California. It is expected to fetch $2-3 million. It will be displayed at the Questroyal Fine Art gallery in Manhattan from May 18-20.
The manuscript includes handwritten notes made by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders William Griffith Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. Wilson.
First published in 1939, the tome includes the famous 12-step program aimed at stopping addiction. It has sold more than 30 million copies and in 2012 was named by the Library of Congress as one of the 88 Books That Shaped America.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
I had this thought that every book essentially has 100,000 data points, if you consider a word a data point. And I didn’t think anyone had really gone through these books to do experiments, who had an interest in writing and also a math background.
What were the big takeaways?
This book is not prescriptive.