I suspect many people my age read the books about Nancy Drew, and as such might enjoy this news.
Typewriters and a desk from the home of an author who brought a young sleuth named Nancy Drew to life are going up for auction.
A lifetime of keepsakes, including autographed posters and writing awards, belonging to Mildred Wirt Benson are to be sold at an auction Sunday in Toledo, where she was a newspaper reporter and columnist for nearly 60 years before her death a decade ago.
Benson wrote more than 130 books, including the 1940s Penny Parker mystery series, but she is best known for the Nancy Drew books that inspired and captivated generations of girls.
She wrote 23 of the 30 original Nancy Drew stories using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Paid $125 per book, she never collected any royalties.
Benson died in 2002 at 96 and left her home and possessions to her only daughter, Peggy Wirt, who died in January.
Auctioneer Jade Montrie, who is handling the estate sale, said many of the items came from Benson’s home office, where she wrote for decades.
“When we went into Mildred’s office, it was kind of like a time capsule,” he said.
Books, papers, awards, four typewriters and a wooden desk filled the room. The desk was where the family said Benson wrote many of her books and newspaper columns, Montrie said.