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Books from the Personal Collection of Book Soup Founder Glenn Goldman for Auction

Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to announce the August 22, 2010 Sunset Estate Auction featuring a selection of important books from the Estate of Glenn Goldman. Goldman was the founder and owner of the legendary Los Angeles independent bookstore, Book Soup, which opened in 1975.

Nestled in a Sunset Strip storefront across the street from Tower Records and the original Spago, Book Soup’s crowded stacks offer an eclectic selection of books on art, photography, literature, film and music. The store is also famous for its high profile book signings by such luminaries as Gore Vidal, Stephen King, James Ellroy, Edward Albee, and Tom Stoppard. Glenn described himself as a “bookseller to the great and infamous,” and cultivated a loyal following both locally and internationally. His personal collecting interests included modern literature, western Americana, art and photography, California fine press, and literature to film.

Highlight books from the Estate were offered in June and resulted in several strong prices, which included a first edition of economist J.M. Keynes’ General Theory of Employment (est. $3,000-5,000, sold for $6,000); a first edition of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (est. $2,000-3,000, sold for $4,500); and a first edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas signed by both Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman (est. $500-700, sold for $3,900).

Items of note in the August sale from Goldman’s estate include a group of Ralph Steadman books inscribed to Goldman, two with sketches of the legendary Los Angeles figure, one with a speech bubble reading “My store!” (est. $200-400); a selection of books by Hunter S. Thompson inscribed to Goldman (est. $200-400); an assortment of works by artist Ed Ruscha, many signed, one inscribed “Glenn you Rascal!” (est. $250-350); a copy of Martin Amis’s celebrated novel The Rachel Papers along with a small group of other works (est. $300-500) as well as the first edition of his Success (est. $150-300), both inscribed to Goldman; two Helmut Newton works, the first inscribed “For Glenn, onward and upward for Greater Sales and FAME, Helmut Newton, 23.12.1987,” and the second work inscribed “For Glenn and his great Book Shop,” each with several other Newton photo books (est. $200-300 for each group); and two Annie Leibovitz books inscribed to Goldman, dated October 17, 1983 (est. $300-500) as well as numerous other signed and inscribed books, by such luminaries as Bill Clinton, John Updike, and Andy Warhol, among others.

“Bonhams & Butterfields is honored to feature great literary and photographic works from the Estate of Glenn Goldman at the firm’s Sunset Boulevard gallery, just down the street from his legendary store,” said Catherine Williamson, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts.

Preview: August 20-22, 2010, Los Angeles

Auction: August 22, 2010, Los Angeles

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