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Harper Lee letter trashing Trump’s Taj Mahal goes for nearly $4,000 at auction

Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Staff Image 1of/3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Harper Lee “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee received the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to literature.  Harper Lee “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee received the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to literature.  Photo: Chip Somodevilla…

A letter written by late author Harper Lee, condemning Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal, sold for $3,926 in Los Angeles at Nate D. Sanders auction.

Bidding began at $750 and there were a total of 11 bids.

In addition, 24 of Lee’s letters to her friends sold for a total of $33,556.

The Trump letter was written by Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman,” to her friends Doris and Bill Leapard, co-founders of the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. Lee, known as Nelle to friends, was expressing her discontent with a visitor, writing, “…the worst punishment God can devise for this sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City…”

Lee’s highest selling letter on the civil rights movement sold for $4,753 and attracted 16 bids. In it, she thanked  Doris Leapard for providing her with civil rights icon Vivian Malone’s autograph in a 1999 letter. Malone was one of the first African-Americans to attend the University of Alabama.

Lee wrote:  “Looking back, it’s incredible what people had to endure just for their basic rights. Today’s young haven’t a clue what their parents went through; they seem bored to hear about it… Nelle.”

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