Writer Truman Capote's ashes beat estimate by 650%

A box containing the ashes of writer Truman Capote sold for $45,000 at Julien's Auctions in LA over the weekend.

Truman Capote ashes
Truman Capote is best known for his classic true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966)

They were among the highlights of a major sale of entertainment memorabilia on September 24, beating an estimate of $6,000 by a staggering 650%.

Capote (1924-1984) left his ashes to close his friend Joanne Carson, wife of talk show host Johnny Carson.

Auction house CEO Darren Julien told CNN: "We had people from Russia, Germany, China, South America and here in the US who had interest in them.

"I anticipated it could sell for over $10,000, but didn't anticipate it going to $45,000."

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