It’s not often a typewriter hits the news on national television, but it happened last week when SBS Australia announced an upcoming Sotheby’s Australia auction. Among the items to be auctioned, those from writer Colleen McCullough’s estate. For more, see this Sydney Morning Herald article.

A focus of the news report was the late author’s impressive Royal Empress typewriter and the manuscripts it helped produce …

Needless to say, someone took possession of the Empress warts-and-all (who knows maybe Scott K is preparing a WordPress post as we read this one).

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LATE COLLEEN McCULLOUGH AO, NORFOLK ISLAND: Grey powder-coated and chromed metal, bearing a mailing label inscribed ‘BRITTAIN / 22 CHURCH STREET / FEN DITTON / CAMBRIDGE C85 BSU / ENGLAND’
46 cm wide, 21 cm high, 45 cm deep

  • Lot Sold $3,800 (Hammer Price)
  • $4,636 (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)

A bargain I’d say.

More lucrative was the sale of the earliest known surviving manuscript for The Thorn Birds, (published 1977) and associated material:

  • Lot Sold: $54,900 (including buyer’s premium)

In the case of a celebrity typewriter, coffee and nicotine stains add, rather than detract, from the value …

Apart from that, not much sign of yellowing!