Capote “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” Manuscript Sells For $360,000

AMHERST, N.H. (April 26, 2013)-- Truman Capote's typed 1958 manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with his handwritten edits has sold for about $306,000 at auction to a Russian billionaire.

The manuscript, which was expected to net at least $250,000, was offered for sale online by the Amherst-based auction house RR Auction.

RR Auction said the winning bidder is Russian retail billionaire Igor Sosin, who plans to display it in Moscow and Monaco.

Capote's handwritten notations include changing the femme fatale's name from Connie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Golightly.

The plot, built around a woman who supports herself through trysts with wealthy lovers, was scandalous for the time.

Harper's Bazaar bought serialization rights, and then balked because of its explicit content.

Esquire magazine purchased it from Harper's and launched it to its 1961 silver screen adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn.


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