It’s official. You can buy anything on the internet. One of J.D. Salinger’s personal possessions is up for auction. No, it’s not a first edition of The Catcher in the Rye or a piece of unpublished work. It’s his toilet seat.
The Vault of Forsyth Inc.has posted the auction item on eBay.com. The asking bid? $1 million dollars “buy it now” or your best offer. Joan Littlefield and her husband are behind (no pun intended) the auction of this item. They recently moved into Salinger’s home in Cornish, New Hampshire.
The item description reads, “Here’s an item you won’t come across everyday! This is the toilet that was personally owned AND used by J.D. Salinger for many years! It sat in his home in Cornish, New Hampshire, and was installed in the ‘new wing’ of his house. When he died, his wife inherited all of his manuscripts with plans to eventually release some of them! Who knows how many of these stories were thought up and written while Salinger sat on this throne! This vintage toilet is from 1962 and is dated under the lid. It will come to you uncleaned and in it’s original condition when it was removed from Salinger’s old home! It will also include a letter from Joan Littlefield. Her and her husband are the new owners of Salinger’s house and are the ones who had the toilet removed and replaced. It is dated April 16, 2010. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of history!!”
According to sources, the sellers have already received five offers and are still open to receiving additional proposals. Call me crazy, but a used toilet doesn’t seem like the soundest investment, even if it was used by a famous author. For your chance at Salinger’s throne, visit the eBay auction site.