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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Folger Shakespeare hosts acquisitions adoption night

Oh the letters, the almanacs, the etchings. Over at the Folger Shakespeare Library, they continue to collect rare artifacts to add to its mammoth collection on the life and times of the playwright.
You can add to the archives of William Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s “adoptions for acquisitions” event Thursday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Didn’t know the great Shakespeare actor David Garrick had a prayer book? At its annual auction or “adoptions for acquisitions” night on Thursday, the library is asking for a patron to adopt this 1747 book for $2,500. Once adopted, Garrick’s book stays in the archives.

This is one of the classiest fund-raising events in Washington, with 70 items on display for adoption.

And some items are extremely pricey. There’s a recipe book compiled, starting in 1674, by Lady Anne Carr. Adoption price; $10,750. Actress Ellen Terry kept notes on performing Imogen in “Cymbeline” in 1896. Adoption price: $7, 450.

There are letters between Henry Irving and Sarah Bernhardt. Adoption price: $675.

The auction and buffet supper start at 6:30 p.m., with an admission ticket of $100. Some of the items are already online for viewing.

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