104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM


    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2446 | Lot 323
    Price Realized: $18,750With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Click Image To Enlarge

      Additional Images
    • Sale 2446 Lot 323

      "A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED & WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY" CHRISTIE, AGATHA. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, notebook containing over 150 pages of notes and fragmentary early drafts for her novels A Murder Is Announced and They Do It with Mirrors, and for her play, Spider's Web. Written in ink and pencil, mostly on recto and verso, roughly half of text written back-to-front (inverted and beginning on terminal notebook page). 4to, cloth; ruled paper, cracked hinges, minor scattered staining. (MRS) Baghdad, circa 1948

      Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

      "Baghdad 1948 / A Murder has been Arranged [working title] / A murder has been arranged & will / take place on Friday Dec. 13th / at Little Paddocks at 6.15 precisely. / Friends please accept this--the only intimation. . . ."
      Provenance: Mrs. M.E.L. Mallowan by sale to present owner (Sotheby's June 15, 1960, lot 103).

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $18,750