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Auction of rare Alcoholics Anonymous manuscript announced

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/12/2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The manuscript that became the guiding text of Alcoholics Anonymous is headed to the auction block, but not before its first public exhibition.

The auction firm Profiles in History announced Wednesday that it will sell the 161-page typed manuscript at a June 8 auction in California. It will be displayed for three days at the Questroyal Fine Art gallery in Manhattan from May 18-20, giving the public a glimpse at the text that is known to AA adherents as the "Big Book."

The manuscript has numerous handwritten notes. It is expected to fetch between $2 million to $3 million.

Many of the notes were made by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder William Griffith Wilson and were kept after his death by his widow, Lois Wilson.

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