Writer's block at auction house

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A Western Union telegram informing John Steinbeck about the death of longtime friend and collaborator Edward Ricketts, along with Ricketts' briefcase and other materials, is estimated to sell for $9,000 to $12,000. Ricketts was the inspiration of the character Doc in "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday."

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS A Western Union telegram informing John Steinbeck about the death of longtime friend and collaborator Edward Ricketts, along with Ricketts' briefcase and other materials, is estimated to sell for $9,000 to $12,000. Ricketts was the inspiration of the character Doc in "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday."

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