22 August 2010

The Crapper in the Rye

The BBC reports that a toilet described as once having belonged to US author JD Salinger has been put on sale on the online auction site eBay for $1m (£644,000).

The vendor says he obtained the "used toilet commode" from a couple who now own the former home of the Catcher in the Rye author. It comes "uncleaned and in its original condition", the ad for it states. "Who knows how many of [his] stories were thought up and written while Salinger sat on this throne!", it adds.

The toilet comes with a letter from Joan Littlefield, attesting that the toilet was removed during renovations to her and her husband's house in Cornish, New Hampshire, formerly owned by the reclusive author. She writes that they knew all the workmen who installed the toilet decades ago when Salinger had work done on the house.

The auction was still ongoing late lst night. Quite a few people had put in offers for the toilet. That said, I think I’ll pass on it and stay with the khazi we currently have...

12 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

Fine title, Jams. Mr Crapper and Mr. Salinger will be very pleased.

susan said...

It's amazing the things people will come up with in an attempt to make money, isn't it? Besides, he didn't even live in that house until he retired from public life.

Claude said...

Is it full or empty?

beakerkin said...

Quick lets find his refrigerator and toaster.

jams o donnell said...

My pleasure Mr J!

It is a big rip of at $1m. I daresay he read the paper on the khazi though!

Empty I most sincerely hope Clause!

Ah then it could be the toster of the rye, Beak!

Andrew Scott said...

But buyers beware, for it might be "Phony" (as Mr Salinger may have warned)

James Higham said...

Never ever got to the end of that story.

jams o donnell said...

Indeed Andrew!

It was a great book when I was in my teens. Not sure how it would read now I am neare 50 than 40

Claude said...

At my age (and I'm NOT saying), it's crappy, Jams. I laughed so much when I saw your post's title!

jams o donnell said...

I couldn't resist the title Claude!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hmm... I wonder what the new owner will use it for. Serving punch at his parties to literati?

jams o donnell said...

Haha now there's a thought Snoopy!