WESTPORT — Works by two literary giants will add a novel element to a Sept. 6 auction benefiting Westport Book Sale Ventures, the nonprofit supporting the Westport Library and Westport Book Shop.

Featured items in the online auction, to be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 6, are:

  • A letter written and signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald to his publisher before publication of the short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” first published in 1922. Starting bids estimated at $9,000 to $10,000.
  • A first American edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” signed by author J.K. Rowling, which was published in 1998. Bidding estimated to start at $2,800 to $3,000.

Both items were provided to Westport Book Sale Ventures by anonymous donors, according to a publicity release. The Fitzgerald and Rowling items are included among seven lots in the online auction benefiting the nonprofit. 

The auction will be conducted by University Archives, operated by local collector, dealer, handwriting expert and auctioneer John Reznikoff. To see the seven lots benefiting Westport Book Sale Ventures, click here.

Other items offered at the University Archives auction include “hundreds of rare autographs, manuscripts, books and sports memorabilia,” according to the release. A full catalog of 505 lots to be auctioned Sept. 6 can be viewed here.

“We are beyond grateful to the anonymous individuals who donated these and other works,” Jocelyn Barandiaran, president of Westport Book Sale Ventures, said in the press statement.

“The broad variety of donated books, vinyl and other media that flows into our book donation center on a daily basis provides the foundation for our nonprofit’s business, keeping our Westport Book Shop and our book sale events stocked with terrific offerings for readers of all ages,” she said.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to support the book shop, which provides jobs and employment training for people with disabilities, as well as for programs at the library.

For more information, visit the Westport Book Sale Ventures website or call 203-952-0070.