3 April, 16:00

An original Conan Doyle manuscript is set to sell at Sotheby's for a record sum

An original Conan Doyle manuscript is set to sell at Sotheby's for a record sum
At Sotheby's auction in New York, the letters of the famous British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the only handwritten copy of the "Sign of Four", are up for sale. According to experts, they can be sold for a record $1.2 million.

The fact that the manuscript of the novel looks surprisingly tidy is of interest. It has almost no fixes, trailers, etc. Only a few edits by Lippincottʼs Magazine editor Joseph Marshall Stoddart regarding the Americanization of spelling are available. And the author himself crossed out a few words.
A similar approach is characteristic of Conan Doyle. This is confirmed by preserved manuscripts of the author's works in museums and private collections. 

"Doyle spent a lot of time thinking before he wrote down the words ... but it seems that the sentences formed in his head almost immediately and were put on paper," says Selby Kieffer, the auction house's international specialist in books and manuscripts.

It should be recalled that the novel "The Sign of the Four" was the second in a series of stories about the outstanding London detective Sherlock Holmes. It is known that the writer created it by order of Stoddart, who also asked Oscar Wilde to write the famous novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
The Sign of Four was first published in 1890 in Lippincottʼs Magazine. 

The auction will be held in New York on June 26, 2024. 


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