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‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Original Manuscript Sells for $306K

Even 55 years later, men are still willing to pay a pretty penny to get their hands on Holly Golightly.

According to Huffington Post, the original manuscript of Truman Capote’s famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold at auction for $306,000. Russian retail billionaire Igor Sosin bought it, with plans to display it in Moscow and Monaco, according to RR Auction. RR Auction is an Amherst-based auction house, which sold the manuscript online.

Probably the most notable part of the manuscript, written in 1955, is Capote’s handwritten notes in the margins — including changing the main character’s name to Holly Golightly from Connie Gustafson. The manuscript was published in the 1950’s in Esquire magazine before being turned into the 1961 movie that made Audrey Hepburn a star.

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Old Truman Capote Story Found

An old, never-before-published Truman Capote story is now available for the first time. Capote died in 1984 at the age of 59, but three years after his death, Answered Prayers was published. It was made up of three excerpts that were originally published in Esquire in 1975 and 1976.

But according to The New York Times, Capote always talked of additional excerpts. Earlier this fall, one of those stories, “Yachts and Things,” was found among Capote’s papers in the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library. It has since been published in Vanity Fair and online.

Without Capote alive to explain the story, editors and writers are left to analyze the newly discovered material, as John Williams explains.

In Vanity Fair, Sam Kashner writes that, “In [‘Yachts and Things’], the narrator is clearly Truman, and ‘Mrs. Williams’ is possibly The Washington Post’s publisher Katharine Graham.” Gerald Clarke, the author of “Capote: A Biography,” told the magazine that the story was “vintage Truman. ‘A new moon, skinny as a slice of lemon rind’ — you can’t beat that. The title, ‘Yachts and Things,’ is indeed the title of one of the chapters he planned for ‘Answered Prayers.’ But that chapter would have been much longer than six pages, and it would have moved the narrative in a way that this piece, which is entirely self-contained, does not.”

I always think it’s so interesting when “lost” material is newly “found.” I have to wonder: was it really just found or is it something the NYPL has been knowingly sitting on for years?

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‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ E-Book Now Available

First there was the book. Then there was the movie based on the book. Then they were books about the movie. And now there’s an e-book version of the original book. Got it?

Truman Capote’s beloved Breakfast At Tiffany’s was released just last month as an e-book for the first time, thanks to Vintage Books. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is not the only Capote book that’s going digital. Also released were The Grass Harp and Music for Chameleons.

Vintage is also planning a paper reissue of some of Capote’s work, including the classic In Cold Blood.

Get Breakfast at Tiffany’s on your Kindle now for just $9.99.

Get The Grass Harp on your Kindle also for just $9.99.

Get Music For Chameleons on your Kindle for $11.99.

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