J.D. Salinger’s toilet for sale on e-Bay: price US$ 1 million

The toilet J.D. Salinger used from mid-1960s to mid-1980s. "Uncleaned and in it's original condition"

Memorabilia from J.D Salinger are so rare that Rick Kohl of webuytreasure.com is asking US$ 1 million for the reclusive author’s toilet.

It’s almost as if “The Catcher in the Rye” author […] saw this moment coming in 1953 when he retreated in growing distress about his own fame to small-town New Hampshire and became a notorious recluse.

Salinger’s toilet, the ultimate symbol of privacy for a man notorious for defending his, is being auctioned on eBay.

[Kohl] a well-known memorabilia and collectibles dealer based in Kernersville who has stalked Salinger items for years is asking the standard eBay hey-look-at-this-bizarre-thing-I’ve-got price of $1 million but said he’s open to reasonable offers.

Salinger lived for over 50 years in Cornish, N.H., where he died in January 2010.

The toilet came not from his final home there but from another nearby that he moved out of in the mid-1980s. James Littlefield, who along with his wife, Joan, bought the house from Salinger and still lives there, confirmed in an interview Monday that the toilet was Salinger’s. It’s being auctioned with a letter of authentication from Joan Littlefield.

A simple, white Crane Oxford model, the toilet is stamped with a manufacturing date of October 1962, so Salinger didn’t actually enjoy its comforts until after writing nearly all of his published work.

Kohl, though, noted that Salinger is believed to have left behind a substantial volume of unpublished writing, and that surely Salinger conceived some of it while sitting on the million-dollar thunder pot.

The toilet is on offer on e-Bay until 4 September 2010, unless someone hits the “Buy It Now” option and pays the full price. So far 19 people have put in an offer.

Read full story: Jay Price, News & Observer, 17 Aug 2010

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