Arthur Conan Doyle’s original handwritten manuscript to the classic Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Dancing Men has sold for $312,500.
That’s significantly lower than the $500,000 estimate. It places it in the same ballpark as the manuscript to another Holmes story, The Adventure of Black Peter (1904), which made $318,000 in 2014.
Both of these stories are from later in the canon, after Conan Doyle reluctantly resurrected the great detective. While Conan Doyle himself ranked the Dancing Men the third best Holmes outing in a Strand Magazine poll in 1927, the close result indicates that around $300,000 is the going rate for one of these later stories.
It’s likely the manuscript to the most famous early stories (The Hound of the Baskervilles or A Study in Scarlet for example) would break the $500,000 mark.