So many items, so little time

- by Bruce E. McKinney


Items in the upcoming sale


Walter Ralegh

Autograph Letter to Bess of Hardwick

Sold for £36,000



James Joyce

Autograph Letter Signed to Carlo Linati

Sold for £33,600



Portrait of Samuel Coleridge by Charles Robert Leslie

Pencil, charcoal and chalk on paper

Sold for £31,200



Portrait of Ted Hughes by Silvia Plath

Pen and ink

Sold for £27,600



Portrait of John Keats by Joseph Severn

Oil on canvas

Sold for £21,600



John Keats

Autograph Manuscript of his poem 'I Stood Tiptoe upon a Little Hill'

Estimate £40,000-45,000



Charlotte Brontë

Autograph Manuscript of a poem

Estimate £40,000-45,000



Gerard Manley Hopkins

Autograph Drafts of his poem 'Binsey Poplars'

Estimate £40,000-45,000



A.E. Housman

Autograph Drafts of two poems

Estimate £20,000-25,000



Samuel Coleridge

Autograph Manuscript of his poem 'The Dark Ladie'

Estimate £15,000-20,000



Robert Burns

Autograph Revised Manuscript of his poem 'Afton Braes'

Estimate £15,000-20,000



Thomas Hardy

Autograph Revised Manuscript of his poem 'A Singer Asleep'

Estimate £12,000-16,000


Net-net the sale should do well but this a different world than even twenty years ago and it is unclear how many true believers in the power of words will raise their paddles in these uncertain times.  They should.  Shakespeare when he wrote, “love is not with the eyes but with the mind” might have been thinking into the future about this sale.

These days we make money faster than we think and collect the obvious, too often collecting for reaction more than personal satisfaction.  This material is for the self, possibly your self.  We know that baseball cards bring big money.  Now we’ll see if the same continues to be true for important poetry.  It should.

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