Items from Nancy Drew author sold at Ohio auction

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 4:05 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Typewriters and a desk from the home of the original author of the Nancy Drew mystery books, along with a book detailing how the series was created, have been auctioned off in Ohio.

The auction Sunday in Toledo featured a lifetime of keepsakes that belonged to Mildred Wirt Benson. She wrote 23 of the 30 original Nancy Drew stories using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Benson died in 2002 and left her belongings to her daughter, who died this year.

A copy of "Rediscovering Nancy Drew" inscribed for her daughter went for a gavel price of $2,150. A typewriter went for $825, and a desk had a price of $525.

The auction house handling the sale says many of the items, including autographed posters and awards, came from Benson's home office.

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