Profiles in History has announced the items of famous author memorabilia that will be included in their December 18 auction.

The auction will take place in Los Angeles, and include 300 of the most important manuscripts in their collection.

The entire collection has over 3,000 items, and is expected to be sold over the next two years.

Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer and dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.

Here are some of the items that will be coming up for auction:

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  • Ayn Rand letter

    This letter, to Lorine Pruette of the New York Times Book Review, is dated May 18, 1943. She thanks Pruette for a positive review of <em>The Fountainhead. </em> The letter is expected to be sold for $2,000-$3,000.

  • L. Frank Baum Letter (page 1)

    This letter was written to Baum's son, Robert S. Baum, dated August 1, 1910. He gives his son advice in the correspondence. Since letters by Baum are very rare, this is expected to sell for $15,000-$25,000.

  • L. Frank Baum Letter (page 2)

  • L. Frank Baum letter (page 3)

  • Raymond Chandler letter (page 1)

    This Raymond Chandler letter is dated January 15, 1951, and is addressed "To the editor of The Author, in London." In the letter, he scorns Senator McCarthy and his search for Communists in the U.S. The letter is expected to sell for $2,000-$3,000.

  • Raymond Chandler letter (page 2)

  • Raymond Chandler letter (page 3)

  • Samuel Clemens letter (aka Mark Twain)

    Mark Twain's letter to his wife, Livy, dated December 25, 1893. He discusses his excitement over negotiating a contract with James W. Paige, the inventor of a typesetting machine. Twain had formed a company that he hoped would manufacture and market the machine. It is expected to sell for $30,000-$50,000.

  • Joseph Conrad letter (page 1)

    This Joseph Conrad letter to friend and biographer Elbridge L. Adams is dated January 22, 1923. In it, he corrects and annotates an article on himself by Adams before its publication in The Outlook. It is expected to sell for $15,000-$25,000.

  • Joseph Conrad letter (page 2)

  • Charles Dickens manuscript of "In Memoriam" (page 1)

    This is Dickens's obituary tribute to author William Makepeace Thackeray, dated January 15, 1864. It is expected to be sold for between $40,000- $60,000.

  • Charles Dickens manuscript (page 2)

  • Charles Dickens manuscript (page 3)

  • Emily Dickinson letter

    This letter was to Mrs. Samuel E. Mack, dated Autumn 1884. Dickinson expressed pleasure at Mack's recent visit, and quoted an Emily Brontë poem, "Last Lines." Letters from Dickinson are extremely rare. This is expected to sell for $20,000-$30,000.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald letter

    Fitzgerald's letter to friend Paul Eldrige is dated June 15, 1931. He jokes that his wife, Zelda, wrote his novel <em>The Millionaire's Girl</em>, and he simply put his name on it to gain the fame. This letter is expected to sell for $6,000-$8,000.

  • First Folio edition of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"

    In 1623, all 36 plays by Shakespeare were published, known as the First Folio. This is expected to sell for $15,000-$25,000.

  • Ernest Hemingway letter (page 1)

  • Ernest Hemingway letter (page 2)

    Ernest Hemingway's letter to friend Walter Winchell, American newspaper columnist, dated March 11, 1940. He wrote this letter to dispel rumors about a fight with his second wife, Pauline and discuss the progress in the novel he was writing at the time, <em>For Whom the Bell Tolls. </em> It is expected to be sold for $10,000-$15,000.

  • Walt Whitman letter

    This letter to a friend, dated May 25, 1889, includes text for his friend's speech on the subject of "Leaves of Grass." It is expected to sell for $8,000-$12,000.

  • Edgar Allan Poe's memorabilia

    There is an assortment of Poe memorabilia, including a lock of his hair. This memorabilia also includes his fiancée's engagement ring, portraits, letters and a silver spoon. The collection is expected to sell for $30,000-$50,000.