Ayn Rand on Auction

 Posted by on 11 June 2010 at 1:00 pm  Announcements, Ayn Rand
Jun 112010

An announcement perhaps of interest:

I’m writing to let you know that an original Ayn Rand manuscript will be up for auction at the Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction at Sotheby’s on Friday, June 18 at 10:00 AM.

This work is the first Ford Hall Forum speech, “The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our Age,” all handwritten and extensively edited by Ayn Rand. Rand delivered the speech on March 26,1961, just two days after the publication of For the New Intellectual. The speech is 52 pages in length, and one of the most substantial Ayn Rand manuscripts at auction in many yea rs. The Sotheby’s estimate is $60,000 to 80,000.

This is a milestone for Ayn Rand, since it is the first time an original Rand work will auctioned at Sotheby’s. They are also seeing considerable interest after it was featured in the Sotheby’s “At Auction” publication earlier this month.

Details on the auction are here.

Turn to pages 114-115 of the pdf to examine several pages.

Interested bidders need to register in advance.

The manuscript will displayed at Sotheby’s during the week prior to the auction, opening Saturday, June 12 at 10 AM and closing Thursday, June 17 at 1 PM:

Saturday June 12: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday June 13: 1 PM – 5 PM
Monday June 14: 10 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday June 15: 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday June 16: 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday June 17: 10 AM – 1 PM

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