Truman Capote

Truman Capote's ashes sold at auction for more than $43,000

The ashes of Truman Capote, the renowned writer behind Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, were auctioned off on Saturday in Los Angeles for $43,750, EW has confirmed.

After Capote died in 1984, a portion of his ashes were given to Joanne Carson, Capote’s friend and Johnny Carson’s ex-wife. Now, this portion is in the possession of an anonymous collector by way of Julien’s Auctions.

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Truman Capote's ashes will go up for auction next month

Truman Capote’s life was a magnet for drama, whether it was his friendship with the reclusive Harper Lee, his presence in New York City social circles, or the line-blurring investigations that led to his acclaimed true-crime masterpiece In Cold Blood. That drama continued after the author’s 1984 death, as well. After Capote died in the Bel-Air mansion of Joanne Carson (wife of The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson), his ashes were kept there in an urn. They were actually stolen two different times over the years, but safely returned on both occasions.

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'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to come out as e-book

Welcome, Holly Golightly, to the digital revolution.

Vintage Books announced Monday that Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s classic New York City novella, is coming out this week as an e-book for the first time.

Other Capote favorites, from The Grass Harp to Music for Chameleons, also will debut in digital form. Vintage, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc., is planning paper reissues of Capote’s work, including the true crime classic In Cold Blood.

Capote died in 1984 at age 60.

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