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Remembering the beauty of the pen

April 19th, 2017

In a world of keyboards and little screens, it’s hard to recall a life when we actually put pen to paper. Remember what it was like to hold a fabulous writing utensil and the smell of the ink as it dried on the page?

If you do, you’ll be interested in the latest auction being run by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

It’s an extraordinary pen collection that was built by the late Josue “Joe” Harari, a former Wall Street executive who went on to become a noted French professor and department chair at Stanford, Johns Hopkins and Emory universities. He published numerous books, including on literary criticism.

Harari also was a collector of rare books, gold coins, wine, lighters and collectible pens.

“His collection of pens, carefully curated over decades, shows the great pride he took in amassing some of the finest pens the industry has to offer,” Hindman says in a release.

There are dozens of Montblanc pens, including one limited edition that has an asking bid of $1,600. For most, the starting bids are a few hundred dollars.

My favorites: the classic Home: Iliad and Odyssey set that has a presale estimated sale price of $2,000 to $3,000, and the Albert Einstein Limited Edition, which has a presale estimated price of $5,000 to $7,000.

The auction runs through April 26.

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