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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."

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    A trove of the writer's personal letters, manuscripts and photographs from his sunny three-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side will be offered Wednesday at Bloomsbury Auctions in New York.

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