Hammett: Chump Change

Evan Lewis, my de facto reporter on the ground for news of the auction of books from the Otto Penzler collection — which is to say, I’m never going to bother to follow something like that, whereas Evan is covering it like skin on his blog — just featured the results for the Hammett titles that were on the block.

Not bad. Red Harvest the high ticket at $75,000.

And even though some people don’t think paperbacks are “real books” the Spivak of Blood Money, a.k.a. The Big Knockover, with a gift inscription to Lillian Hellman brought in $12,500. Over twelve thou sounds like real book money to me.

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