Francis Bacon's trash sold for almost 1 million pounds. Sketches, mutilated paintings, and old check stubs (as in checks for the gas bill, etc.) that some fellow pulled from Bacon's garbage went on auction this week.
Another article by Charlotte Higgins opens with the title, "Artists' ephemera is a load of old rubbish." She continues:
Ulysses is not going to be cracked wide open because one has beheld a pair of James Joyce's spectacles. And yet that did not stop Sotheby's from auctioning them off a few years back, along with a medal he once won in a singing competition
You've gotta love those Guardian writers and their deliciously scathing honesty.