So many items, so little time
- by Bruce E. McKinney
Items in the upcoming sale
Autograph Letter to Bess of Hardwick
Sold for £36,000
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
Autograph Manuscript of his poem 'I Stood Tiptoe upon a Little Hill'
Autograph Manuscript of a poem
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Autograph Drafts of his poem 'Binsey Poplars'
Autograph Drafts of two poems
Autograph Manuscript of his poem 'The Dark Ladie'
Autograph Revised Manuscript of his poem 'Afton Braes'
Autograph Revised Manuscript of his poem 'A Singer Asleep'
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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