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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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10 Holden Caulfield Quotes About Life That Are 100% Accurate

If one could describe Holden Caulfield in three words, they’d probably be: Angsty, obnoxious, and anti-phony.


The sixteen-year-old protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s iconic and only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has annoyed, baffled, and offended readers since its release in 1951. His manic antics, obsession with calling out society, and sensitive statements have managed to make The Catcher in the Rye one of the most read novels (and most banned novels) of all-time. While some of his statements are indeed offensive and bizarre, this angsty teen has some pretty on-the-mark views about life.


Here are ten of Holden’s quotes about life that are pretty darn accurate.


1.“People never notice anything.” 


2.”Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”


3.“That’s something that annoys the hell out of me- I mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it isn’t.” 


4.”I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to someone I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”


5. “It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.”


6.“That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think.”


7.“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.”


8.“Lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most.” 


9. “People are always ruining things for you”


10. “I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.”



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You Need to Listen to Holden Caulfield’s Spotify Playlist

Oh, Holden Caulfied. You have captured the minds of young folk with your phenomenal angst, and sublime dedication to labeling everyone besides yourself as an unbelievable phony. Unfortunately, your creator has passed (R.I.P. J. D. Salinger, January 27th, 2010), but, while your distaste for subscribing to the norm still exists, I wonder what would’ve been playing in your headphones during those drunken cab rides in New York.


Who was motivating your bitterness? Here are a selection of songs that Holden, in my opinion, would have been fond of. It is one of your favorite literary character’s Spotify playlist, a Holden-esque montage of self-loathing that would make Sally Hayes furious, but perhaps Pheobe would enjoy. He would probably call me a phony for even doing this, but relax, Holden. I’m on your side, and will be proud to wear your label as a badge of honor.  Put on your red hunting hats, light up a smoke, save children from falling off a cliff, and enjoy.



Nirvana – “All Apologies (Live at Reading)”


Elliott Smith – “Between The Bars”


Bright Eyes – “Bowl of Oranges”


The Smiths – “There is a Light That Never Goes Out”


The Shins – “Caring Is Creepy”


Kanye West – “Hell of a Life”


Kid Cudi – “Pursuit of Happiness”


The Shins – “It’s Only Life”


Death Cab for Cutie – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”


City and Color – “Little Hell”


Drake – “Teenage Fever”


Lana Del Rey – “Love”


Trash Panda – “Aging out of the 20th Century”


Post Malone – “I Fall Apart”


Dance Gavin Dance – “Death of a Strawberry”


Motion City Soundtrack – “L.G. Faud”


Frank Sinatra – “My Way”


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How 5 Literary Characters Would Respond to This Series of Shitty Texts From My Ex

I’m a little distracted today and here’s why. The dude that broke my heart about a year and a half ago is trying to come out of the woodwork and back into my life, so I pitched this article so I could try to wrap my head around what I was going to say to him. I’m not actually going to include that, but I will say that it was 567 words.


So without further ado, here’s how five literary characters would respond to this series of shitty texts from my ex. 


Text from my Ex

Image via my own texts, which just sucks in general. Side note, GO ASTROS!!


1. Holden Caulfield from J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye


Listen, shitstain. You broke me and I’d like to break your face. Get lost and eat shit.


2. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice


You are too hasty, Sir. You forget that you have damaged me most unrectifiably. Please save your breath and accept my thanks for the compliment you have paid me, but I must reject your advances due to the grievous bodily harm I often daydream of applying to your general demeanor.


3. The Cat in the Hat from The Cat in the Hat


I appreciate the apology,
the attempt to wipe the slate.
But come on, dude. At this point,
it’s definitely too little too late.


4. The Whale from Moby Dick


Dude, if I was the whale I’d just swallow that loser whole.


5. The BFG from Roald Dahl’s The BFG


Good morning, you sneaky scuttlesloozer. You is once again trying to charm I. Don’t do it! This is a serious and snitching subject! I am warning you not ever to whiffle about I’s feelings again or you will be coming to a yikesy-slicey end. 


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