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It was an old fishing bag that had been fished much in the Gulf Stream but had gone many years without carrying gear. In the first few years a man had carried it. But after many years without carrying gear the bag’s current owner had told the bag that it was salao, and would be sold at auction. For damn big bucks.
Yes, that’s right. Ernest Hemingway’s fishing bag is for sale. It was a good bag. It served him well. You should buy it. It will be expensive.
From this story (via Midcurrent) on classicdriver.com:
Now dedicated fans of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway have the chance to own a peculiar piece of literary history – a fishing bag that accompanied the great American author on his adventures at sea is set to cross the auction block at Bonhams in New York next month…
the satchel-style fishing bag, along with a rare inscription from Hemingway to one of his closest friends, Charles Thompson, the owner of a marine hardware store in Key West and the inspiration for the character ‘Old Carl’ in ‘The Green Hills of Africa’, are set to be the highlights at Bonhams’ Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on 10 October. Whoever is the successful bidder for the ‘Bag of Tricks’ will be taking home a small but significant piece of the colourful life of ‘Papa’ Hemingway – a dream come true for any literary buff with an appreciation of memorabilia that boasts an exceptional history. If only the fishing bag could talk: what fantastic stories it would tell.
Just think of the six-word stories that old bag could tell…