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Saturday, May 14, 2005

eBay 'n Brick like peas in a pod

(via Bookninja who read it in Globe 'n Mail.)
Offered on Brick's web site are "seventeen items of rare provenance: fifteen original handwritten manuscript pages created expressly for Brick’s seventy-fifth issue, a rare chapbook, and a highly unusual piece of New-Yorkeriana. Each one of these items will be auctioned online at eBay starting June 16, 2005."
Nice idea, but a litte contrived. Too bad they are not offering the 'original' manuscripts which would presumably fetch a larger sum. If Brick is interested in getting some real money, why not auction at Christie's?
"CHRISTIE'S NEW YORK SETS RECORD FOR ANY EVENING SALE OF POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART AT $133,707,200" (link)
Leave eBay to fools like me who try to earn enough money just to subscribe to literary journals like Brick.
Relatively recently, Random House Canada has also sold stuff on eBay which included some Atwood illustrations when her novel, Oryx and Crake, came out. But for some reason, Random House has not had anything for auction since October 2004. Their current feedback rating hits in currently at (9).
McClelland & Stewart, not to be forgotten, also jumped on the eBay bandwagon. Their current feedback is a paltry (4) and like RH, all positive comments. However, they have not had anything to auction in nearly two years! You would think that their warehouse(s) are brimming to the proverbial rafters with good bibliophilic collectables? Unleash it to the masses folks! Or is it just pulped or shipped to China or some third-world literacy programmes? My guess it's just siphoned off to Chapter's and other independant bargain bookshelves one boxcar load at a time.

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