If you really loved In Cold Blood and want to take your fandom to a whole new level, your opportunity is knocking: author Truman Capote’s ashes will be sold by Julien’s Auctions in September to the highest bidder.
“I am sure people are going to think this is disrespectful,” said Darren Julien, CEO of the auction house, to Vanity Fair. “But this is a fact: Truman Capote loved the element of shock. He loved publicity. And I’m sure he’s looking down laughing, and saying, ‘That’s something I would have done.’ He was a larger-than-life character.”
The ashes initially went to Joanne Carson, Johnny’s wife, in following the demands of Capote’s last will and testament. Following her death, the remains ended up in the hands of Julien’s, after “The estate didn’t know what to do with them.”
While it’s hardly the way we’d honor one of our favorite authors – a portrait on the wall or a limited edition copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s seems more appropriate – it’s like we always say: to each their own vases full of deceased authors.
Although we’d bet the type of clientele with this kind of disposable income have probably collected enough ashes by now that they should be all set.