Friday, August 20, 2010

Used toothpicks and toilets for sale!

by Rachel

Ever wanted to own your favorite author’s toilet? Well, I haven’t, but if you’re into acquiring the weird and wonderful, it looks like you’re in luck: J.D. Salinger’s old toilet is up for auction on EBay for a cool one million dollars. The toilet comes un-cleaned (because you’d have it no other way, right?) and with a letter from the owners who bought Salinger’s house (to verify authenticity? After all, noone wants to pay big bucks for a phony toilet).

Other literary memorabilia has gone on auction before, as Huffington Post noted a few weeks ago – from an unpublished manuscript by Mark Twain (interesting) to a toothpick belonging to Charles Dickens (ick!), but the toilet of an author? A used toothpick up for auction makes me cringe, but a used toilet? I’m not sure what to think about this, but the word “absurd” does come to mind.

If you could choose any one item from your favorite author to acquire, what would it be? Quirky, interesting or just plain weird, I’d love to know!

8 comments:

  1. Would love any writing tool used by Edgar Allan Poe. Pen, ink, paper - it wouldn't matter as long as the object was filled with his creativity and genius.

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  2. Terry Pratchett's pet hedgehog.

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  3. JK Rowlings sales figures. :)

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  4. I'll go one step further Anonymous 4:29, I'd like JK Rowlings bank account!

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  5. Fritz Leiber jr's magic typewriter.

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  6. The one thing I would want (definitely not a toilet) would be any of my favorite author's desk. I think it would be neat to sit where they poured out their most inspiring pieces.

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