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    Who Gets Norman Mailer’s LEGOs?

    By Kyle | November 15, 2007


    Among Norman Mailer’s weirdest accomplishments was a 15,000-piece futuristic┬ácity that he built in Legos in his apartment. Enough about his literary legacy: I want to know who gets his Legos. His literary executor says he seemed “to take as much pride in it as in any of his other creations.” Surely Mailer’s City of the Future would be worth a substantial sum at Christie’s–but only if it remained in the form the master constructed. Take the Legos apart, and they’re just some plastic blocks. But how would you get the damn thing out of Mailer’s fourth-story Brooklyn brownstone apartment (he sold off the other floors gradually over the years to pay the bills) intact? Is it worth enough to justify lifting the roof off or blasting out the wall? To the nine children of Norman Mailer: get an appraiser on the phone, stat!

    Topics: Architecture, Books, Comedy | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Who Gets Norman Mailer’s LEGOs?”

    1. Blogg'nhead Wilson Says:
      November 16th, 2007 at 9:20 am

      A Lego is the sharpest thing I would have trusted Norman Mailer with.

    2. The Brothers Brick - LEGO Blog » Blog Archive » I call dibs on Norman Mailer’s LEGO Says:
      December 21st, 2007 at 3:06 am

      […], with a tip from reader James Lucas Jones.) Dunechaser posted this entry on Thursday, December […]

    3. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in Legos | Says:
      February 18th, 2008 at 11:44 am

      […] Danish plastic blocks in this shot-by-shot remake of “Thriller” in Legos. If only Lego fan Norman Mailer had lived long enough to see […]