A writing table owned via Oamaru’s most renowned author is up for public sale subsequent week.

The table utilized by Janet Body when she lived in Auckland within the 1990s is predicted to fetch $1000 to $1500 in a sale at Webb’s public sale area subsequent Wednesday.

The table is discussed in Michael King’s Body biography Wrestling with the Angel. King stated when Body moved to Avondale in November 1995, her front room was once “taken up nearly completely with a full-sized pool desk round which Body and her visitors needed to edge their approach to chairs (she quickly swapped it for a big table)”.

When Body visited pals Puna and Robin McConnell on March 4, 1996, she expressed worry at having no writing table, however stated she did have an obstructive billiard desk, a letter of provenance from Robin McConnell says.

He provided two pictures of Body together with his circle of relatives and the table, to be integrated within the public sale lot together with his letter.

It explains that Penny and Equipment McConnell stated that they had all the time sought after a billiard desk and urged swapping the 2 pieces.

The table were a present to Bob McConnell when he retired from the Shipping Division’s Wellington head place of job and were handed directly to his granddaughter, Penny McConnell.

At the day sooner than the switch, Body inscribed a duplicate of the primary quantity of her autobiography To the Is-Land

“For Robin & Puna & Penny and Equipment with love from Janet. June 1996, Friday.

“The day of the Weed-Eater & The Day Prior to the Table Arrival.”

The table were restored via Graham Rudd.

Body known as it the “Penny table” and gave it to Penny and Robin McConnell when she shifted to Dunedin on the finish of 1997.

Each Body and Puna McConnell died from acute myeloid leukaemia. A donation from the proceeds of the sale of the table could be made against leukaemia analysis, Mr McConnell stated.



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