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Truman Capote's ashes sold at auction for more than $43,000

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The ashes of Truman Capote, the renowned writer behind Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, were auctioned off on Saturday in Los Angeles for $43,750, EW has confirmed.

After Capote died in 1984, a portion of his ashes were given to Joanne Carson, Capote’s friend and Johnny Carson’s ex-wife. Now, this portion is in the possession of an anonymous collector by way of Julien’s Auctions.

“With some celebrities this wouldn’t be tasteful, but I know 100 percent he would love it,” Julien’s Auctions president Darren Julien said prior to the sale. “He loved to create press opportunities and to read his name in the paper. I think he would love it that he’s still grabbing headlines today.”

The ashes were sold inside a wooden box, shown below.


“We had people from Russia, Germany, China, South America, and here in the U.S. who had interest in them,” Julien told CNN. “I anticipated it could sell for over $10,000, but didn’t anticipate it going to $45,000.”

Also auctioned off on Saturday were two locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair for $70,000, one of Steve Jobs’ watches for $18,750, and Keanu Reeves’ script for The Matrix Revolutions for $5,700.