January 28, 2023

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You can buy Joan Didion’s desk and library now

The Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York is hosting the Joan Didion Estate Sale now through November 15th. The sale includes all manner of Didion’s belongings, including her iconic sunglasses, unused notebooks, decorations and artwork, portraits of the author and more.

Many of the lots consist of her library, which is loosely divided by subject, including copies of her own books, books on photography, poetry, politics and much more.

The most coveted item in her library is likely to be this one, her collection of favorite books.

Her desk, which is expected to cost $8,000-$12,000, might inspire other writers, although there are several others of her $500-$900 desks as well.

I’m a fan myself of this group of desk items which includes two photos of Didion along with a folk art typewriter music box.

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They can also write with pens and paper, which Didion used himself, as well as other writing implements. The value was between $200 and $400, but the bid is already up to $500. You can also bid on several of their electric typewriters.

This lot will be of particular interest to library fans: it includes two New York Public Library Literary Lions 1985 glass paperweights and two New York Public Library Literary Lions 10th Anniversary medallions.

You can search all 224 lots on Bidsquare. Currently bidding for some lots starts at $25 with the max bid being $25,000.

You can read more about Joan Didion and the estate sale in The New York Times.

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