If you don’t score those signed editions of Art Spiegelman and Junot Diaz at the anti-NYU-expansion auction, don’t worry — their John Hancocks will also be on offer during an auction that will help fund the St. Mark’s Bookshop’s impending move. Among the 50 signed first editions and ephemera on offer are works by Yoko Ono, John Ashbery, Patti Smith, Paul Auster, Bill Berkson, Richard Hell, Wayne Koestenbaum, E. Annie Proulx, Sam Shepard, Peter Straub, and Lynne Tillman. The big ticket item, at a reserve of $2,500, is a first-edition boxed set of Maus, signed and heavily annotated and illustrated by Spiegelman. And poetry buffs will also be excited to see a working manuscript for Iovis Trilogy by Anne Waldman.
This may be the only time when buying a book online will actually help the bookshop (the virtual auction goes from Dec. 3 to 15) but if you’d like to browse the merch while sipping wine, some of it will be on the block during a live event Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admittance is $5.