The Writing Desk Of Bram Stoker Now Going Up For Auction From Profiles In History

Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce that the desk where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula will be a part of their Hollywood Auction on December 15 & 16.

It was at this desk that Irish borth author Bram Stoker (1847-1912) created the most famous literary character in the world — DRACULA (published in 1897).  At the beginning of the last century, Stoker gave this historic desk to his close friend JSR Phillips, editor of the Yorkshire Post.  The author often stayed with Phillips at his home in Balmoral, Headingley, Leeds.  Over the past century, the desk had become battered, with the drawers missing and its legs being sawn short.  The owner of the desk commissioned master furniture artist Mark Brazier-Jones, whose works are held in the esteemed collections of The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Louvre and The Museum of Art and Design, among others, to preserve and enhance the cultural artifact as a work of art.

Brazier-Jones states in part: “Even as a new desk, in its day, this was a modest item of furniture, a place for a man to work, and yet possessing a noble honesty.  I wanted to keep the desk complete and intact, to save all its scars and broken varnish, this history alive with its gnarled textures…I decided to attach, via callipers and clasps the necessaries to regain functionality.  To this I have also embroidered imagery appropriate to the great man’s inspirations and imaginings.  I visualize Stoker sat pen to paper contemplating a moonlit rose garden, breathless milk white cleavage and blood soaked lace.  All the fixtures and fittings I have created are in bronze and burnished steel. He has also leather lined two secret compartments I have devised (the position of which will only be revealed to the final owner of the desk).  There is also a bronze ‘treasure chest’ secret compartment carved with a tangled rose vine bas-relief.  This, though hidden, can more easily be found and as such may act as a decoy for the other two compartments. The face panel of each drawer is acid etched through to copper and nickel layers.  The effect is to subtly represent a misty tableau of Whitby Abbey by moonlight high on the cliff above Whitby Harbour surrounded by gravestones and bats.  Over these drawer fronts are five bronze handles, each one different.  On the lower left, a bat, to the lower right, a savage hound (in Stoker’s book Dracula arrived in Whitby as a giant dog).  The three upper drawers consist of scrolling rose thorns and buds.  The interiors are lined in deep buttoned blood red velvet.  The baroque rose motif is used again where they seem to crawl up and across the table top frame giving the feeling time has stopped like an overgrown grave.”  

Brazier-Jones designed and crafted a magnificent candelabra congruent with the Dracula theme to set atop this functional work of art.  A truly breathtaking piece, the desk and candelbra are expected to fetch $60,000 – $80,000.

ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.

Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans  ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com

0 comments

Add your comment

Commenting is allowed only for registered users.

Other articlesgo to homepage

The Vegas Golden Knights and MeiGray Group Enter Into a Multi-Year Partnership

The Vegas Golden Knights and MeiGray Group Enter Into a Multi-Year Partnership(0)

The Vegas Golden Knights and MeiGray Group have entered into a multi-year partnership to have MeiGray authenticate and market the Knights’ complete collection of game-worn jerseys and game-used equipment, Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today. MeiGray has been named the “Exclusive Game-Worn Source of the Golden Knights.”

The KoKo Collection: An Astounding Assortment of Mystery & Detective Literature At Heritage Historical Auction

The KoKo Collection: An Astounding Assortment of Mystery & Detective Literature At Heritage Historical Auction(0)

Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest (est. $30,000) is expected to be the leading feature in The KoKo Collection, part of the September 14 Rare Books Auction at Heritage Auctions. Drawing on his experience as a Pinkerton operative, Hammett’s momentous debut novel, published in 1929, defined the archetype for the literary private investigator. Also offered is Hammett’s

Huggins & Scott Auctioning Off Newly Discovered Kalamazoo Bats Card

Huggins & Scott Auctioning Off Newly Discovered Kalamazoo Bats Card(0)

Sometimes those hours spent at estate sales, flea markets and rummage sales can pay off.  A newly uncovered 19th century team card coming to Huggins & Scott Auctions is proof of that.  A person attending a Massachusetts flea market not long ago made an extraordinary discovery — tucked inside the pages of a late 19th

Grey Flannel Auctions Full Auction Preview Available

Grey Flannel Auctions Full Auction Preview Available(0)

Grey Flannel Auctions has announced details of its 2017 Summer Games Auction, which will open for bidding on June 2 and close on June 21. The fully illustrated catalog containing 800+ premium-quality lots is now available to view online at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. All major sports are represented in the impressive auction lineup, with an emphasis on

Maps Used by Gen. Omar Bradley May Bring $150,000 at Heritage Auctions

Maps Used by Gen. Omar Bradley May Bring $150,000 at Heritage Auctions(0)

Three battle maps owned and used by Gen. Omar Bradley from the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France at Normandy are expected to be among the most coveted lots at Heritage Auctions’ Arms & Armor Auction June 11 in Dallas.

read more

Auction Schedule

Featured Auctions:
(*) Clean Sweep Auctions: June 1 - June 28
(*) Kevin Savage: June 16 - June 28-29
(*) MeiGray Auctions: June 1 - June 28-29
(*) Heritage-Sports: June 1 - June 29
(*) NBA Auctions: June 15 - June 29
(*) Sterling Sports: June 15 - June 29
(*) Iconic Auctions: June 23 - June 30
(*) Lelands: May 23 - June 30
(*) MEARS Auctions: June 23 - July 1
(*) NHL Auctions: June 19 - July 1
(*) Heritage-Comics: June 14 - July 1-2
(*) Kevin Savage: June 25 - July 5-6
(*) PWCC Auctions: June 26 - July 5-6
(*) MeiGray Auctions: June 15 - July 6
(*) NBA Auctions: June 15 - July 6
(*) Sig Auctions: June 26 - July 6
(*) Sirius Sports Cards: June 24 - July 6
(*) Small Tradtions: June 20 - July 8
(*) PWCC Auctions: June 26 - July 9-13
(*) Kevin Savage: June 28 - July 10
(*) RR Auction: June 26 - July 12
(*) Kevin Savage: June 28 - July 12-13
(*) MeiGray Auctions: June 15 - July 12-13
(*) NBA Auctions: June 15 - July 13
(*) Paragon Auctions: June 23 - July 15
(*) PWCC Auctions: June 26 - July 16-20
RR Auction: July 13 - July 20
Sirius Sports Cards: July 8 - July 20
(*) PWCC Auctions: June 26 - July 23-24
Goldin Auctions - Live: July 3 - July 27
Iconic Auctions: July 14 - July 29
Pristine Auction: July 1 - July 30
Collect Auctions: July 17 - Aug. 3
Huggins & Scott: July 24 - Aug. 3
Sirius Sports Cards: July 22 - Aug. 3
Sterling Sports: July 20 - Aug. 3
SportsCardLink: July 12 - Aug. 4
Goldin Auctions: July 3 - Aug. 5
MEARS Auctions: July 28 - Aug. 5
RR Auction: July 21 - Aug. 9
Ha-Comics: July 21 - Aug. 10-11
2017 Full Auction Schedule

Daily/Weekly Auctions:
(*) Fanatic Auctions: Daily
(*) Greg Morris Cards: Daily
(*) NHL Auctions: Daily
(*) Pristine Auction: Daily
(*) Pristine Weekly: Every Tuesday
(*) Pristine Classic: Every Wednesday
(*) Fusco Auctions: Every Friday
(*) Heritage - Sports: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Comics: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Entertainment: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Historical: Every Sunday
(*) Just Collect: Every Sunday
(*) Steiner Sports: Every Sunday
(*) Lelands Internet: Weekly
2017 Full Auction Schedule

Consignment Deadlines:
Heritage-Sports - 6/28
Memory Lane Inc - 7/1
SportsCardLink - 7/5
RR Auctions - 7/7
Sirius Sports - 7/8
Sterling Sports - 7/10
MEARS Auctions - 7/20
Pristine Auction - 7/20
Sirius Sports - 7/20
RR Auctions - 7/21
Heritage-Historical - 7/24
Mile High Card Co - 7/30
Consign/Sell Here

Sponsors

Contacts and information

Auction Report is the premier web site for news coverage and more on the best auction companies.

Social networks

Most popular categories

© 2017 Auction Report All rights reserved.