A typewriter that once belonged to the great American writer Ernest Hemingway has sold in Profiles in History's Rare Books & Manuscripts auction, which was held yesterday (July 10) in California.
The Swedish-made Halda typewriter is thought to be the same that Hemingway used to write The Dangerous Summer and A Moveable Feast. It sold for $65,000 against a $60,000-80,000 estimate.
The typewriter was obtained by Hemingway's editor and fellow writer AE Hotchner from the family of another well-known Hemingway friend Bill Davis, who owned a house in Malaga, Spain, where Hemingway had lived in 1959.
According to an interview with Hotchner, he was at the house in Malaga when the writer had been working on portions of The Dangerous Summer on this very typewriter.
It was during this period that Hemingway was also working on the final draft of his Paris memoirs from the 1920s, which would later form A Moveable Feast - published posthumously in 1964.
The typewriter retains its original leatherette case, which bears tattered transportation stickers from the American Export Line and the French Line.
One is marked "E. Hemi…" and the other reads, "Hemingway" with the destination of "Le Hav…", though both are scuffed and torn and can only be partially read.
It sold complete with a letter from Bill Davis' daughter Nena, who states that she witnessed Hemingway typing The Dangerous Summer on the machine.
Also selling was a collection of items relating to Hemingway's The Dangerous Summer, which is a non-fiction account of the rivalry between two bullfighters in 1959.
The collection included a matador uniform, a sword gifted by Hemingway to AE Hotchner and a silver trophy. It sold for $25,000.