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Ruth Bader Ginsburg library sells for $2.35 million in online auction

Late US Supreme Court justice’s copy of the 1957-58 Harvard Law Review, with her name on and handwritten annotations, fetches $100,312.50

The late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her signature lace jabot, one of which was donated by Ginsburg before her death to Tel Aviv's Museum of the Jewish People (Courtesy Supreme Court of the United States)
The late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her signature lace jabot, one of which was donated by Ginsburg before her death to Tel Aviv's Museum of the Jewish People (Courtesy Supreme Court of the United States)

The library of the late US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s has sold for $2.35 million, including a single book that sold for over $100,000, CNBC reported.

The online auction that ended Thursday included a range of books — including a collection of more than 30 books about Jewish subjects.

The top-selling book was Ginsburg’s copy of the 1957-58 Harvard Law Review, which fetched $100,312.50. The book from her time at Harvard has her name in gilt letters on the spine and her handwritten annotations inside.

Ginsburg’s personal copy of her own collected writings and speeches sold for over $81,000.

The auction, conducted by Bonham’s included everything from her law school textbooks to copies of celebrity memoirs and books by her fellow Supreme Court justices. One lot in the auction includes a listed of 15 titles related to Jewish history and the Jewish experience from Ginsburg’s library.

Among them are “Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy,” a book written and inscribed by Leah Rabin about her husband, Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli prime minister who was assassinated in 1995. Others in the lot include “It Takes a Dream: The Story of Hadassah,” by Marlin Levin, and “Jewish Legal Writings by Women,” by Micah D. Halpern and Chana Safrai. The lot went for $8,287.50.

Another lot labeled “Jewish history and law” included “Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan,” by David G. Daily; Leon Wieseltier’s “Kaddish”; and “Great Jewish Women,” by Robert and Elinor Slater. This lot also included a book about Jewish law gifted to Ginsburg by one of the authors, Menachem Elon, a former Israeli Supreme Court justice who died in 2013.  It sold for $12,112.50

The book “Lincoln and the Jews,” by Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell, was included in a separate lot with books related to Abraham Lincoln.

Among the Jewish women writers whose books Ginsburg owned were Susan Sontag, Gloria Steinem and Annie Leibovitz. Steinem’s 2015 book “My Life on the Road” with an inscription to Ginsburg, “To dearest Ruth — who paved the road for us all — with a lifetime of gratitude — Gloria,” sold for nearly $53,000.

Other books sold include an inscribed copy of Tony Morrison’s “Beloved,” Joan Didion’s “My Year of Magical Thinking” and a book by Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg’s close friend on the court despite their ideological differences. Also available were some of the honorary degrees Ginsburg received from various colleges and universities.

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