Norman Mailer accumulated quite a few worldly objects during his 84 years of life.
His possessions clutter his former Brooklyn Heights home, which went up for sale this month for a cool $2.5 million.
Literary admirers without that kind of cash could still get a chance to "own a piece of the scrappy scribe," as the Brooklyn Paper alliteratively puts it.
The author's family must first decide what they want from Mailer's estate. But everything else will either be offered to the home buyer, for an added fee, or sold at an estate sale.
A 1960s-era jukebox — a sweet gift from Mailer to Norris Church, Matthew’s mother and Mailer’s sixth wife — stands at the ready (once fixed) to play songs such as “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley or “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” by Fats Waller.
Other choice items include African masks that Mailer brought back from Zaire after covering George Foreman and Muhammad Ali’s famous “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974; a framed containing a picture of Marilyn Monroe — a frequent Mailer muse — and a button from his mayoral bid in 1969 that reads: “I would sleep better if Norman Mailer were Mayor;” Mailer’s desk itself, though that item has already been claimed by Susan Mailer, the eldest child.
“I’d take a lot of this stuff, but I just don’t have the space,” the author's son, Matthew Mailer said. "For someone who was a fan, you can’t really put a price tag on them."
Mailer's apartment itself was described by the New York Times this month as resembling "a jungle gym at sea."
See pictures of the eccentrically designed dwelling here.