Big Book original manuscript to be auctionedThe book that launched Alcoholics Anonymous is going to be auctioned off, after a year of legal disputes. When the owners of the original manuscript of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous wanted to auction it off last year, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. sued, noting that the book, with Bill Wilson's original handwriting, was supposed to have been given to them (see ADAW, June 5, 2017). But that never happened; instead, it was sold in 2004 at Sotheby's for $1.57 million, and four years later sold to Ken Roberts for $850,000. Despite Wilson's notarized bequest of the manuscript to Alcoholics Anonymous, the auction will go ahead, Reuters reported last week. Alcoholics Anonymous has agreed to let the bidding take place; terms were unannounced. Alcoholics Anonymous attributed the failure of the bequest to be followed through to “negligence.” The Big Book has sold more than 30 million copies since it was first published in 1939.
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly – Wiley
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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