Marked up USA copyeditor's manuscript of Well of Lost Plots. (Lot 25)
NOTE: This auction has ended. Rules are here for reference purposes.
Well, I don't believe anyone in the world could not have failed to know, nor be affected in some way by the plight of the millions made homeless and tens of thousands who lost parents, family members and close friends on boxing day's tsunami.
In order to raise a bit of much needed cash Mari and I have rummaged through the 'Library of Fforde' (actually a series of large cardboard boxes) and come up with a few odds and ends that followers of my books might want to have to augment their already burdgeoning collection. Or you may want to start a collection. Or you might want to give this as a present, stockpile until they are worth real cash - or simply give money to a good cause but get something in return you may or may not want.
It's up to you.
The auction has been divided into 25 lots which are listed below with a link to the correct page. Prices are all in UK pounds.
How does it work? Just take a look at the lots featured in the next few pages. If anything takes your fancy, then do the following:
Send an email to Mari at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' with the item and item number in the subject line. List your highest bid along with a username, your real name, full address and telephone number - it doesn't have to be a real one; we're not going to call you.
All bids are started at £30 (unless otherwise noted) and go up in increments of £5 under £100, and £10 over £100.
Just like with eBay, we will only up your bid if someone overbids you. Say your upper limit for the broken biscuit it £80. I will bid on your behalf £35 - the opening reserve bid plus £5. If someone else bids £50 I will automatically up your bid to £55. If no one else bids (and why should they, for a broken biscuit?) then you get it for £55 (plus postage). If someone overbids your £80 I will send you an email telling you. It's just like eBay, only it runs for longer and no-one gets any profit except DEC
Neither myself or Mari will divulge who is bidding for what, and you have our solemn oath that we will not cook anyone's bid to up the profit. When your upper bid has been passed by someone else, we will alert you to see if you want to bid further.
We will update the website when we can so if you don't see your bid instantaneously appear after sending in a bid, don't worry.
All items have a £30 reserve except the two original sketches for Something Rotten (£100), the Eyre Affair author's reading copy (£250), the Wuthering Heights research copy (£100) and the copyeditor's unbound MS of The Well of Lost Plots (£200).
The bidding begins now and ends on Thursday 27th January 2005, at midnight GMT.
If two bids are the same, the first bid received takes precedence.
If a reserve is not reached, the items will not be sold.
Mari and I reserve the right to discount bids we don't think are genuine. We also reserve the right to cancel the auction for whatever reason, withdraw lots and generally lord it over the proceedings with all the power of benign dictators, although we hope we won't have to do any of that.
You will be notified by email if you have won, and postage will be added to your winning bid.
ALL, I repeat ALL of the profits from the sales will go to the Disasters Emergency Comittee (DEC) Tsunami earthquake disaster fund. DEC members include ActionAid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International UK, Concern, Help the Aged, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and Worldvision. Their Registered Charity Number is 1062638 and their website is at: www.dec.org.uk . Funds will be collected by me and goods dispatched and funds sent on to DEC as soon as monies have cleared. There are no adminstration costs other than the postage and any costs incurred banking overseas currencies. A full list of the items sold and the profit made and sent to DEC will be listed on my website as soon as I can.
This auction is for a worthy cause and is undertaken in good faith. Please treat it as such.
Click on a link below to view the so-called treasures on sale!
|Lot 1: Set of twelve assorted collector's postcards (1)|
|Lot 2: Set of twelve assorted collector's postcards (2)|
|Lot 3: Set of twelve assorted collector's postcards (3)|
|Lot 27: Author's reading copy of The Eyre Affair (UK)|
|Lot 4: Signed entroposcope|
|Lot 5: Crappy Broken Biscuit with mystery prize attached|
|Lot 6: Set of three visitor's badges (SpecOps, Goliath, Jurisfiction) (1)|
|Lot 7: Set of three visitor's badges (SpecOps, Goliath, Jurisfiction) (2)|
|Lot 8: Set of three visitor's badges (SpecOps, Goliath, Jurisfiction) (3)|
|Lot 9: Complete UK talking book CD set (1)|
|Lot 10: Complete UK talking book CD set (2)|
|Lot 11: Complete UK talking book tape set (1)|
|Lot 12: Complete UK talking book tape set (2)|
|Lot 13: Jasper's annotated paperback copy of Wuthering Heights|
|Lot 14: Unissued postcard design plus enlargement of 2002 Christmas card|
|Lot 15: Signed proof copy of Something Rotten|
|Lot 16: Signed copy of Pickwick Papers (JF wrote afterword)|
|Lot 17: Jigsaw of Thursday with car|
|Lot 18: Bunch of assorted black and white still photographs (1 Dodos)|
|Lot 19: Bunch of assorted black and white still photographs (2 Bad Time)|
|Lot 20: Signed copy of Thursday Next Chronicles|
|Lot 21: Preliminary sketch by Maggy Roberts for Something Rotten illustration (1 Cowboy)|
|Lot 22: Preliminary sketch by Maggy Roberts for Something Rotten illustration ( Shakespeares)|
|Lot 25: Marked up copyeditor's manuscript of Well of Lost Plots (US)|
|Lot 26: Jasper's Mouse (used for LIAGB)|