Ann Landers Items To Be Auctioned

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(AP) Fans of Ann Landers can bid for hundreds of items owned by the late columnist, including a typewriter, desk, Cadillac, and autographed books.

Eppie Lederer, known as Ann Landers, died in June at the age of 83. Her 11-room Lake Shore Drive apartment was filled with possessions that an Elgin auction house will put up for bid Nov. 23-24.

Her electronic IBM typewriter and the desk it sat on will be on the block, along with more than 40 owl statues that people gave Lederer for her wise advice, said Kevin Bunte, president of Bunte Auction Services.

Her black 1992 Cadillac Brougham, with the license plate AL 55 — for the year she started her column — may fetch in the “upper teens,” Bunte said.

The auction also offers dozens of books signed by famous authors and celebrities, from Erma Bombeck to Richard M. Nixon.

Bunte said he expects bidders to be “maybe somebody who got good advice from her in the past, or anybody interested in Chicago history or anybody who loved her column.”

Other letters and memorabilia will be auctioned Nov. 24 in San Francisco.

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