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5 Literary Relics People Spent WAY Too Much Money On

As we’ve covered before, some literary memorabilia sell for thousands and thousands of dollars. In one insane instance, a Hogwarts Acceptance letter from the first Harry Potter film sold for $40,000. The Harry Potter franchise isn’t the first to sell items from the films for insane amounts of cash. Everything from wallets to toilets to ashes of beloved stars have sold for immense amounts of money. Here are a list of some of the most obscure literary relics sold at auction. 

 

 

1. Charles Dickens’s Toothpick

 

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Engraved with his initials and used on his last visit to America, Charles Dickens’s toothpick sold at action in 2009 for $9,150. The tiny object was put up for auction by heirs of the Barnes and Noble family.

 

2. Harper Lee Taj Mahal Letter

 

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Harper Lee wrote a letter to her friend Doris Leapard in August of 1990 with content spanning all sorts of topics from social revolution to novels she was enjoying. At the end of the letter, Lee even apologized for the quality of her typewriter. Her lyrical style seen in To Kill A Mockingbird was used to trash Donald Trump and his Taj Mahal-inspired casino in New Jersey. The letter sold for $3,926 at an auction in New York in 2016. 

 

3. Sylvia Plath’s Wallet

 

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A wallet put up for auction included Sylvia Plath’s ID cards including her Boston Public Library, her Poetry Society of America membership card, driver’s license, social security card, and a small photo of Plath with her mother. The wallet sold for $11,669 March 21, 2018. Along with the wallet, some of Plath’s other belongings were also sold including her fishing rod, articles of clothing, and her drawings. 

 

4. J.D. Salinger’s Toilet

 

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The beloved Catcher in the Rye author’s toilet was sold on Ebay with a letter from the present homeowner, confirming that the toilet was formerly owned by the reclusive author. The item came “uncleaned and in its original condition”, as stated in the ad. The toilet sold for $1,000,000, not including cleaning fees. 

 

5. X-Ray of Ernest Hemingway’s Foot

 

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The injuries shown in the x-rays Ernest Hemingway would later be detailed in his novel, A Farewell to ArmsThe x-ray remains in its original hospital file folder with labels identifying it as his. The lot included the x-ray of his foot, ankle, and knee where a bullet can clearly be seen. The auction ended on December 7, 2016 with the x-rays selling for $15,000

 

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This Harry Potter Stationery Has Our Writing Hands at the Ready

‘Tis the season to write someone a heartfelt note or perhaps scribble down a few rhymes to capture your feelings about the holidays. To me, sending someone a letter or note card is so exciting and I’d welcome one anyday. It’s a lost art of love and communication. Pottermore has you covered with, you guessed it, Harry Potter-themed stationery! And yes, they are flawless.
 
 
With specially designed images from the Pottermore Art Collection as well as quotes from your favorite characters *cough* Dumbledore *cough*, these A5 and A6 cards are sure to delight. You could even get a pack of cards with all seven of the Harry Potter eBook covers that were recently released!

 

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A gorgeous phoenix, the notable scar, and haunting werewolves: all these and more will make every single one of your cards spellbinding no matter where you send them.
 
 

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Hogwarts Express Rescues a Family Because Magic Is Real

If you’re like me, you’ve been hoping for your Hogwarts acceptance letter ever since you read The Philosopher’s Stone, and with that, your chance to ride the Hogwarts Express. For four children in Scotland, riding the Hogwarts Express became a reality as it was the magical solution to their family’s problem. 

 

BBC reported that Jon and Helen Cluett and their children found themselves stranded on the shore near Loch Eilt in Scotland after a storm washed away the canoe that the family had used to get there. With four young children, the couple were afraid to take the three mile walk back to their car, especially because the land was very wet and marshy to walk across and walking along the nearby train tracks posed a great danger. After a call to the police, the Hogwarts Express was sent to pick them up. 

 

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Photo by Jon Cluett via BBC 

 

The train is called the Jacobite and is usually used for excursions on the West Highland Railway Line, but as it was near the Cluett’s, an unscheduled stop was arranged to save the family. Jon Cluett said, “I’m slightly sad because I’d lost my boat–but the kids, when they saw the steam train coming, all sadness left their little faces and was replaced by excitement and fun–just the real joy of having an adventure and having the train stop right next to them.” 

 

Hopefully the family canoe will be found for a truly magical end to this story! 

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Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Up for Auction

When we read a great book or watch a wonderful movie, we feel like it belongs to us. We think about it occasionally, often warmed by nostalgia. But if you want to actually, literally own a piece of your favorite film, this is your chance: Harry Potter’s Hogwarts acceptance letter from the first installment of the Harry Potter film series is going up for auction this Wednesday at Odeon BFI IMAX, in Waterloo, London, at 2 p.m.

The letter, which is perhaps the catalyst for the entire series, is a special piece of film history. For millions of children it inspired the hope that one day, with a little luck, their Hogwarts letter would find them. However, attaining the actual letter from the movie will cost more than wishful thinking and a little magic. It’s predicted that the letter will sell for around $6,000. Regardless of the cost, the person who wins will be one lucky Muggle.

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