Alice was back in the bosom of Dr. Abraham S. W. Rosenbach. The rare-book man who in 1928 paid more than $75,000 for the Wonderland manuscript (and then sold it) got it back at a Manhattan auction for $50,000. No reflection on Alice: her adventures sold like nylons.
Somerset Maugham put his much-sought-after Of Human Bondage manuscript out of the reach of dealers. As a gesture of Anglo-American friendliness he gave it to the Library of Congress.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's stamps brought a total of $210,875nearly thrice their assessed value. Probable estate tax for his heirs: 35-50% of the proceeds.
Charles A. Lindbergh snapped...