Last week, a lot items including photos, letters and manuscripts once belonging to John Steinbeck went for half what auctioneers thought it would bring.
Surprisingly, bidders ran up the price on a briefcase that once belonged to one of Steinbeck's friends. The final price, $18,000, was twice what auctioneers estimated it would bring.
The friend was the inspiration for several of Steinbeck's characters, one in particular that was well-loved.
I wrote about this on my blog
. Please come visit and let me know how you feel about basing story characters on a real person.
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