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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Desk Job

The desk at which Bram Stoker wrote Dracula will be sold at auction in December.  The auction house expects the desk to go for between $60,000 and $80,000, so, y'know, if you're looking for a Channukah gift for your favorite blogger....

A British furniture-artist (apparently Britain has such things) has pimped out the desk, attempting to maintain its classic "essence" but also incorporating "embroidered imagery. . . including bats, a savage hound and scrolling rose thorns and buds."

I'm not sure how I feel about these "improvements."  If someone told me he was the proud owner of Bram Stoker's desk and then showed me this gothic escritoire replete with bats and bones, I would think I was being punked.  I wouldn't want to accept the idea that something so tacky would once have belonged to so famous a man of letters.

If you must buy furniture of literary significance, I understand the chair in which Philip Roth sat while composing Portnoy's Complaint will come up for bid soon.  THAT one, I might consider  reupholstering.

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