October 2013 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Bizarre Beat Offerings at PBA

All manner of rare, signed, and/or inscribed books and little magazines from the likes of William S. Burroughs, John Fante, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and Allen Ginsburg hit the auction block tomorrow in San Francisco. So it seems unfair to highlight the non-book oddities on offer, but they're just so ...  far-out.

Burroughs Bottle.jpgLot 65 is an empty prescription drug bottle from Burroughs' medicine cabinet. Instead of liquid methadone, the bottle now contains a few stones from Burroughs' gravesite and a .45 caliber bullet casing from his shotgun. The estimate is $600-900.

Burroughs List.jpgLot 66 is a list, c. 1989, on lined notebook paper on which William S. Burroughs has enumerated his grocery needs, including honey, milk, saltines, and Lysol. The estimate is $500-800.

Kerouac check.jpgLot 141 is a $300 check written to the IRS, signed in full by John L. [Jack] Kerouac, and dated Dec. 14, 1963. The estimate is $1,000-1,500.

Tomorrow's auction is the first of PBA's three-part sale of collector Richard Synchef's counterculture and avant garde books and ephemera -- the second, in January, will feature books about drugs, and the third sale in May of next year will be dedicated to music, politics, and cartoon art.

Images via PBA Galleries.