Jul 10, 2023

By Andy Johnson

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The world knew him as the drummer who kept the beat for Mick and Keefe.

But away from the stage Charlie Watts was an avid collector of modern literature with a library that contained dozens of rare first editions.  Among them are signed first editions of F Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound Of The Baskervilles.”

And now, two years after his death from cancer at the age of 80, some of those gems are going up for auction.

The signed copy of Gatsby leads the sale, with an estimated value of nearly 400-thousand dollars.

Christie’s will display the highlights in New York, Los Angeles and London ahead of the sale on the last weekend of September.

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