Hemingway's typewriter hits $2,750 at Four Seasons A Royal typewriter once owned by Ernest Hemingway, made around 1940 and still in its well-worn leather carrying case, sold for $2,750 at a sale held June 24 by Four Seasons Auction Gallery in Atlanta.
News-Antique.com - Jul 09,2007 - MANUAL TYPEWRITER ONCE BELONGING TO AUTHOR ERNEST HEMINGWAY
SELLS FOR $2,750 AT MULTI-ESTATE SALE HELD JUNE 24th BY FOUR SEASONS
(Atlanta, Ga.) - A manual Royal typewriter that once belonged to Ernest Hemingway, made around 1940 and still in its well-worn leather carrying case, sold for $2,750 at a multi-estate sale held June 24th by Four Seasons Auction Gallery. The typewriter was one of four items once owned by the author and given to George T. Northen, grandson of William J. Northen, a former governor of Georgia.
Hemingway and George Northen were friends and fishing buddies. Mr. Northen made specific reference to the four items in his will, writing, “The aforementioned items were given to me while in Cuba fishing with my dear friend Ernest Hemingway and were items from Lookout Farm” (Hemingway's home in Cuba, near Havana). The will was also sold at the auction; it realized $550.
The other items included a Meerschaum pipe smoked by Hemingway and with a carving of the wine god Baccus ($2,310); an electric smoking stand and cigar lighter, with an ornate carving of a pirate ($1,100); and a silver fishing trophy engraved to C.H. Candler, Jr., a mutual friend and one-time Coca-Cola executive ($330). Candler was a director of the Atlanta-based beverage giant in the 1940s.
The multi-estate sale was held before a capacity crowd of around 300 people who packed the Four Seasons Auction Gallery showroom in the fashionable Buckhead section of Atlanta. About 750 lots changed hands over the course of eight hours. Most of the items sold to people in the room, but there was also an active online bidding component (through eBay Live), plus phone and absentee bids.
Highlights of the sale follow. All prices quoted include a 10% buyer's premium.
The top lot of the day was a sleek and silver 2003 Mercedes-Benz hardtop convertible with moon roof and just 60,000 miles on the clock. It sped off for $47,300. Two other Mercedes cars, both silver too, rolled across the block. One was a supercharged ML55 SUV with 80,000 miles ($14,850). The other was a 1959 190SL SCCA race car with a stock body, modified to be street legal ($20,900).
Several pianos played a sweet tune. One was a 100th anniversary Steinway grand, rosewood with Tiffany design and in like-new condition, 7 feet long, with player controls ($38,500). Also, a George Steck 6-foot grand piano in fine condition reached $10,670; a Bosendorfer 6-foot mahogany grand piano, circa 1910, fetched $8,250; and a Chickering square grand piano, circa 1850, hit $990.
A massive custom-made English pub bar found a new owner for $12,925; a burl walnut chest-on-chest made in the 1840s commanded $6,600; a pair of rare rolled paper tea caddies, both circa 1850s, went for $1,430 and $1,210; a wrought iron balcony from New Orleans, in a vintage pattern and made in the 1890s, realized $3,190; and a Biedermeier mahogany secretary (circa 1820s) made $6,050.
An early Scottish grandfather clock (circa 1840s), mahogany and hand-painted, chimed on