Charlie Watts’ Fine Books And Rare Jazz Memorabilia Collections Ring Up $4.6 Million At Christie’s

Charlie Watts’ rare-book and jazz memorabilia collections exited their two-part sale at Christie’s with impressive results on September 28-9, ringing up a total, minus fees, of $4.6 million and change for 500-plus lots, the stellar lot being an inscribed first edition of Jazz Age chronicler F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which went for $276,627 (plus fees).

At that gavel price, it was a bargain. The book was a personal gift of Fitzgerald’s, hilariously inscribed to a close friend during the California years, fellow contract-MGM script doctor Harold Goldman, as a kind of RSVP to Goldman’s standing invitation to a — what else, in Fitzgerald’s case —

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