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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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  • "You have everything from his typescript copy of his Nobel acceptance speech to speeches he wrote for Adlai Stevenson to photographs of Lyndon B. Johnson that are inscribed to Elaine, his wife."

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  • "What makes the material attractive," said John Larson, Bloomsbury's book specialist, "is it's a very nice snapshot, small and large, of Steinbeck, particularly postwar."

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