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The Best of Sherlock Holmes
By Randall Stock, March 29, 2006
On 28 March 2006 the estate of Dame Jean Conan Doyle, the last surviving child of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, offered three of her father's original handwritten manuscripts for auction to benefit various charities. The sale was held at Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom in London.
The following manuscripts were offered for sale.
Lot 70: "Brigadier Gerard at Waterloo" (1902)
Lot 71: "How Brigadier Gerard lost his ear" (1902)
Lot 72: "Ypres, September 1915" (1915)
Bonhams online catalogue for this sale included descriptions of each lot and some reproductions of manuscript pages. The lot hyperlinks above should take you to the specific lot entries. Bonhams may change the URLs or remove the information after some period of time, so you can also check their website directly at <http://www.bonhams.com>.
Dame Jean Conan Doyle (21 Dec. 1912 – 18 Nov. 1997) was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's last surviving child. She enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1938 and was the highest ranking woman in the RAF when she retired in the late 1960s. Her estate is selling this material to benefit the following charities: the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Not Forgotten Association, the RAF Association, the Elizabeth Finn Trust (formerly The Distressed Gentlefolks Aid Association), Help the Hospices, and the Royal Star and Garter Home for Disabled Sailors Soldiers and Airmen.
This was Sale 13809 - Printed Books and Manuscripts including the Hooke Folio and it was held at Bonhams New Bond Street in London on 28 March 2006.
The following reports were available online.
Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, April 2006 page #1
[Three Conan Doyle manuscripts owned by his daughter...] by Peter E. Blau
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