Capote man­u­script sells for $306K at auc­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

AMHERST, N.H. — Tru­man Capote’s 1958 typed man­u­script of Break­fast at Tiffany’s with the author’s hand­writ­ten ed­its has sold for about $306,000 at auc­tion to a Rus­sian bil­lion­aire.

The man­u­script, ex­pected to net at least $250,000, was of­fered for sale on­line by the Amherst-based auc­tion house RR Auc­tion.

RR Auc­tion says the win­ning bid­der is Rus­sian re­tail bil­lion­aire Igor Sosin, who plans to dis­play it in Moscow and Monaco.

Capote’s hand­writ­ten no­ta­tions in­clude chang­ing the femme fa­tale’s name from Con­nie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Go­lightly.

Its plot — built around a woman who sup­ports her­self through trysts with wealthy lovers — was scan­dalous. Harper’s Bazaar bought se­ri­al­iza­tion rights, then balked at its ex­plicit con­tent. Esquire mag­a­zine pur­chased it from Harper’s and launched it to its 1961 sil­ver screen adap­ta­tion star­ring Au­drey Hep­burn.

Capote’s man­u­script

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