Auction of Oscar Wilde Material Brings in $1.5 Million
An auction that included hand-written text of Oscar Wilde's masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray and copy a of the never-published The Wilde Myth by Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's former lover, was "the finest collection of Oscar Wilde material remaining in private hands," said Sotheby's of London which handled the sale. The auction also included other books, letters an photographs belonging to the author. Wilde's relationship with Lord Douglas led to a scandal that ended in Wilde being tried and convicted of public indecency. He served two years in prison and then moved to Paris, where he died at the age of 46.