Cast-signed 'Streetcar' first edition will auction on June 17

A cast-signed rare first edition copy of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire will highlight a June 17 sale.

It's expected to make $15,000-20,000 at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

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The 1947 lpay is considered Tennessee Williams' masterpiece

The book features signatures from Williams and the play's original Broadway cast, including Karl Malden, Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando.

It belonged to Max Rehner, a friend of Malden's younger brother, who was introduced to the cast and Williams himself.

The auction house comments: "Rehner was a frequent dinner guest of Williams' during this period, though the extent of their friendship is not well documented…

"Copies signed by the author and cast members are rare, those with a compelling provenance rarer still."

A first American edition copy of Dashiel Hammet's The Glass Key (1931) is expected to make $10,000-15,000.

The lot was published three months after the British release and includes its rare original dust-jacket. Hammett is best known as the author of The Maltese Falcon and is considered the godfather of "hard-boiled" detective fiction.

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