An Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his best-selling 1897 Gothic novel Dracula which is often referred to as the definitive vampire novel, Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker is recognized as one of the most prominent Gothic authors of the Victorian fin-de-siècle, who impressively introduced the vampire Count Dracula to today’s pop culture. Now, the desk where Bram Stoker whose life was also shrouded with mystery as much like his immortal creation Dracula, wrote his famed novel is up for grabs. Having been restored and transformed into work of art, the desk which has had a long history, and over the past century was left battered, with missing drawers and legs chopped short, will be auctioned by auctioneer Profiles in History, as part of its Hollywood Auction on 15 -16 December, where rare James Bond posters are also up for grabs.
Interestingly, the Irish-born Bram Stoker who died in 1912 gave this desk to his friend J.S.R Phillips, while the current owner commissioned Britain-based designer and manufacturer of luxury furniture Mark Brazier-Jones, not only to preserve the desk, but also turning it into a piece of art.
Mark Brazier-Jones improvements include embroidered imagery which are appropriate to the Bram Stoker’s legendary imagining and inspirations, including a savage hound, bats and scrolling rose thorns and buds.
Estimated to sell between $60,000 and $80,000, the desk has also been lined with leather two secret compartments which will only be revealed to the new owner of the desk.
Speaking about the memorabilia associated with novel Dracula which has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations, we have seen the sale of rare 1931 Dracula movie poster for $143,400, and the cape worn in early Dracula film was offered on sale where it was expected to fetch a price between $1.5 and $2 million, to become one of the most expensive celebrity memorabilia.