Rare text ex­pected to fetch $2-3m

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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.

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