Handwritten Poem by Edgar A. Poe Sells for $300K

July 30, 2013

An original manuscript of a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe has sold for $300,000 at an auction in Massachusetts.

The handwritten poem with Poe's signature was reportedly purchased by a collector who was given 10 days to verify its authenticity.

The item had been owned by a Rhode Island family since the 1920s.

The poem, "The Conqueror Worm," is believed to have been written in the 1830s and is among more than 100 published by the author.

Poe attended the University of Virginia in 1826 for one year, studying ancient and modern languages. He would later attend West Point Military Academy, but was court-martialed in 1831.

Chris Semtner, curator at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Va., says the original manuscript was thought to have been lost.

Auctioneers had expected the item to fetch no more than $20,000.


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