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Shakespeare's Bed
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1818  Tuesday, 5 October 2004

From:           Michael A. Morrison <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Oct 2004 05:27:38 EDT
Subject:        Shakespeare's Bed

The following is currently being auctioned on eBay. I offer the item
description without comment:

"William Shakespeare- Wood from his bed. Here is an authentic piece of
wood from the bed of William Shakespeare. The piece was originally
purchased by John Reznikoff/University Archives from well known art and
manuscript dealer, Mr. Bruce Gimelson. Prior to that it was offered in
an auction in Hartford, Connecticut in the collection of A.E. Brooks,
Antique Guns, Pistols, etc. The sale took place in 1899, and was Lot
number 1835, and it clearly labeled so on the original presentation. The
original presentation contains a contemporary manuscript attestation
which reads as follows; "..cut from Shakespeare's [be]dsead given to Wm.
Brooke [by] Mr. Trepass Stratford on Av[on] [E]ngland July 1860." Copies
of the aforementioned documents are included with this item. It is well
known that anything relating to Shakespeare is of legendary rarity and
desirability. Pieces of wood that came from a tree in Shakespeare's yard
that was felled in the 18th Century often fetch thousands of dollars. We
have never heard of, in private hands, or handled anything so directly
related to the most famous author of all time. This small piece of wood
from Shakespeare's bed is beautifully matted with two nameplates and a
terrific printed engraving of Shakespeare to an overall size of 20X16.
This item is number 250 of 300 and comes with a hand signed COA by John
Reznikoff as well as other documentation. An excellent presentation in
mint condition."

It can be viewed at:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14428&item=2274877262&rd=1

Or dial up eBay's Advanced Search function and type in the item number,
which is 2274877262.

Michael A. Morrison

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