I am still blown away thinking about how love letters Mick Jagger wrote brought in over $300,000. Well, a recent piece of writing I can see bringing in $3 million.
Fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson, who has had his works translated to over 125 languages, wrote the classics Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, The Tinderbox, Princess and the Pea, and The Emperor’s New Clothes – has written a piece that was never published. In fact, it was never found. Until now.
A Danish historian found the six-page text October while searching the National Archives, in boxes that belonged to wealthy families from Andersen’s hometown in Denmark.
The story is called “Tallow Candle” and this is the part the collectors will love. It’s all handwritten.
The story tells the tale of how a tallow candle seeks help from a tinder box, so that it can ignite itself.
A curator at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, said the work is one of the author’s earliest, written seven years before his debut in 1830.
Ejnar Askgaard said that he’s often shown items that are said to be in Andersen’s hand, and they usually aren’t. He said “This time, I was thrilled. This is a very early attempt at prose by Andersen, who was then 18.”
Is there an eBay in Denmark?