Yesterday, Stair Galleries held an auction called An American Icon: Property from the Collection of Joan Didion. About a half hour into the auction, word spread on Facebook that a rather spectacular pair of faux tortoiseshell sunglasses had sold for $27,000.
The auction was the subject of reports on NPR before and after the auction occurred: "Writer Joan Didon's possessions sell for eye-popping prices at auction." All together, the auction netted nearly $2 million. The prices fetched for all the items in the auction can be found here.
Proceeds from the sale will go to Parkinson's research and care at Columbia University and Columbia/Presbyterian Hospital (Didion suffered from Parkinson's disease) and to the Sacramento Historical Society for the benefit of a scholarship fund for women writers at Sacramento City College (Didion attended SCC for a brief time in the 1950s).
the New Yorker also did a story on her possessions and the auction.ReplyDelete