February 17, 2018

Steinbeck Auction Yields Big Bucks

By LJ Staff

A collection of John Steinbeck’s novels that chronicled the lives of the lower class earned high class bucks at a February 17 auction held at Bonhams & Butterfields. The collection of first editions from the estate of his late sister Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth garnered more than $200,000 that will be applied toward the renovation of the Pacific Grove bungalow where Steinbeck wrote, the AP reports. The Grapes of Wrath easily proved the top seller, pulling in $47,800, with the precursor novel In Dubious Battle earning a surprising $11,353, while the better known East of Eden and Of Mice and Men yielded $8,365 and $7,768, respectively.