According to Swann Auction Galleries, a book of fairy tales that belonged to Anne Frank sold for $62,500 at an auction in New York on May 5.
According to the auction house, the 1925 edition of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” which included stories like “Snow White” and “Hansel and Gretel,” belonged to Frank and her sister Margot, whose names are written on the title page. The auction house added that the book went for more than double its estimated price.
A spokesman for the auction house said that the auction included half a dozen potential buyers and lasted for a minute.
“The Diary of a Young Girl,” which Frank wrote while she was hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic from June 1942 to August 1944, has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into 67 languages.
Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany less than a year after the Nazis discovered her family.
The Franks left the book of fairy tales behind in their Amsterdam apartment when they went into hiding.
Swann Auction Galleries said on its website that a Dutch couple bought the book of fairy tales at a second-hand bookstore in Amsterdam soon after the war.
The auction house said that when the couple discovered the Frank sisters’ names in the book in 1977, they offered to return the book to Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and the family’s sole survivor.
The sale on May 5 included a letter from Otto Frank written in reply in 1977.
“Understanding from your letter your compassion for what has happened to us,” he wrote, “it would please me if you kept the book for your daughter, in memory of my children.”