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