Report: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Private Library is Coming to Auction”
UPDATED January 29, 2022:
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Library Sells for Nearly $2.4 Million at Auction (via USA Today)
- Results For All Items Auctioned Can Be Accessed Here (via Bonhams)
More than 1,000 books from the private library of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (popularly known as RBG) are set to come to auction at Bonhams this month.
The online-only sale, which will run Jan. 19-27, will be divided into about 165 lots, including a combination of heavily annotated law books, fiction, first editions, and ephemera gifted to the late Supreme Court justice and her husband Martin by friends and admirers.
“There were books all over the house,” says the couple’s daughter Jane Ginsburg, a professor of literary and artistic property law at Columbia Law School. “In the living room, most of the walls were covered in bookshelves—but also in each bedroom. They occasionally had to keep adding bookshelves.”
Lots [of books] carry attainable estimates. Toni Morrison’s Beloved, for instance, which is signed and inscribed to “Ruth and Marty Ginsburg,” carries a high estimate of $500; Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, inscribed to “dearest Ruth,” carries the same estimate.
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