Rare William Faulkner collection fetches R6.2m
A RARE collection of signed William Faulkner books and personal items has been auctioned for more than $833 000 (R6.2 million) in New York City.
The highest price at the Christie’s auction this week was for Absalom, Absalom! The novel sold for $86 500. It surpassed the $40 000 to $60 000 presale estimate.
Among the other top items was a first edition of one of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s most acclaimed novels, Light in August. It was bought for $47 500.
Christie’s identified neither the buyer nor the American seller.
The collection’s presale estimate was around $1m.
Faulkner was a native of New Albany, Mississippi, then lived in Oxford, Mississippi. The University of Mississippi runs a museum at his Greek Revival house. – Sapa-AP
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