Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lost Dr. Seuss Manuscript Sells For $34,004

by Stephen J. Gertz

The heretofore lost and unpublished Dr. Seuss book in manuscript, whose existence Booktryst heralded last week, sold at Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Brentwood, CA for $34,004 plus 20% buyer's premium (total $40,800) when the auction ended today, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at 5PM PDT.

The reserve was $7,500. Mr. Sanders is a happy man. "We really didn't know what to expect," Sanders said. "I told the owner it could go for more but there was no way know for sure until the auction closed."

All Sorts of Sports, the working title of the manuscript, had been abandoned by Seuss (neƩ Theodore S. Geisel) in the late Sixties; the story was not coming together as he'd hoped. The manuscript had remained in the possession of its project manager (with Dr. Seuss's blessing) and its existence was revealed only when she placed it with Sanders for sale.

It is safe to presume that she is very pleased. It is just as safe to presume that the person who was outbid is not.

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