National Library of Ireland gets the go ahead to bid for Joyce manuscript.
Consisting of 27 sheets, the Circe manuscript is arguably the most important of the eighteen Ulysses episodes. The owner of the manuscript is believed to be a descendant of Irish American John Quinn, lawyer and friend of Joyce. The manuscript is to go on auction at Christies in New York on 14 December 2000.
Dr Robert Bertholf, Curator at New York State University comments on the source and value of the manuscript.
The Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands has given the National Library the green light and a limited budget to bid for the manuscript.
Chris Coover Senior Manuscript Specialist at Christie's comments on the estimated value of the manuscript
Christies can only guess at its value at this point and the best guess that we have is $800,000 to $1.2 million
An RTÉ News report by Colm Connolly broadcast on 14 December 2000.
The National Library of Ireland spent US$1.4 million on a unique James Joyce manuscript, the Circe episode from Ulysses.