Auction Lots From The Library of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Historical items from the library of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are available in an online auction hosted by Bonhams.

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Legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tragically passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer at the end of 2020. She was a symbol of women’s rights and was known for her efforts at ending gender discrimination in all areas of law. Now, her gem-filled library from her Watergate apartment is being sold in an auction headed by Bonhams so that the public may take home a piece of history.

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR PRESENTATION COPY TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG. They Often Are Half Obscure The Rights of the Individual and the Legacy of Olive Wendell Holmes. Offprint from San Diego Law Review, Vol 293 (1992). image 1

The online auction includes fourteen pages worth of Ginsburg’s books, notes, awards, and mementos. Among the various lots include an annotated Harvard Law Review from 1957, Ginsburg’s honorary certificates from Smith College and Brown University, a signed edition of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Ginsburg’s textbooks and notes used throughout her time in law school. Click here to read more about the auction’s most memorable pieces.

But along with these authentic pieces, Bonhams is also auctioning off regular books from Ginsburg’s library. Interestingly, they are offering packages of various titles that were simply owned by Ginsburg. Titles range from art and photography to American history to Shakespeare. If you are looking at merely owning one of the ex-Justice’s pieces, you may have a shot at some of these lesser-expected items. Some of these lots are going for as low as $1,000. With the auction ending tomorrow, it may be worth it for Ginsburg fans and history buffs alike to take a peek at owning a piece of history.

To read more about another recent historical auction, click here.