Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Bloomberg.com: U.K.- "Conan Doyle Sale Stirs Protests From British Library:

"Papers from the desk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of fictional pipe-smoking detective May 18 (Bloomberg) -- Papers from the desk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of fictional pipe-smoking detective Sherlock Holmes, are scheduled to be auctioned in London on Wednesday by Christie's International Plc for as much as an estimated 1.5 million pounds ($2.7 million) amid protests from the British Library.

``This is important material that hasn't been seen before, and it's a matter of regret that it's being broken up and sold at auction,'' said Catriona Finlayson, a spokeswoman for the British Library, which has been collecting manuscripts since the 18th century. While Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, many of his manuscripts are in the U.S., and the auction may put more of them there, she said in an interview. "

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