Mark Twain’s Unpublished Manuscript, ‘A Family Sketch’, Sets Auction Record


NEW YORK, NY.- Today at Sotheby’s New York, the second offering of rare books and manuscripts from The James S. Copley Library achieved a total of $2,783,347, bringing the total for the first four auctions of the Library to $7,146,231. The Mark Twain Collection totaled $936,012 and was led by Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ unpublished autobiographical manuscript A Family Sketch, which achieved $242,500, a world auction record for an autograph manuscript by Twain** (est. $120/160,000*). The James S. Copley Library: Arts & Sciences Including the Mark Twain Collection brought $2,210,847(est. $2.2/3.3 million) and was 87% sold by value and 78% sold by lot. A single-lot sale of The James S. Copley Library: A July 1776 Broadside Printing of the Declaration of Independence brought $572,500 (est. $600/800,000). Encompassing almost two hundred original letters, manuscripts and photographs, The Mark Twain