A fireproof edition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is expected to fetch up to $100,000 at auction.
Rethink, an independent creative agency, produced the unique version of Atwood's 1985 work, and it was manufactured in Toronto by the Gas Company Inc, according to a report.
The fireproof edition, a form of protest against book bans spreading throughout the United States, was made utilizing a phenolic hardcover, white heat shield foil pages, sections sewn by hand with nickel wire, a black Cinefoil dust jacket, stainless steel head and tail bands, and Kapton high-temperature adhesive, the report noted.
It can withstand temperatures as high as 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a report.
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The novel itself is one of the most banned books in the world.
"I never thought I'd be trying to burn one of my own books ... and failing," Atwood said in a statement, referring to a promotional video of the author using a flamethrower to try and burn the special edition.
"The Handmaid's Tale has been banned many times — sometimes by whole countries, such as Portugal and Spain in the days of Salazar and the Francoists, sometimes by school boards, sometimes by libraries," she continued. "Let's hope we don't reach the stage of wholesale book burnings, as in Fahrenheit 451. But if we do, let's hope some books will prove unburnable — that they will travel underground, as prohibited books did in the Soviet Union."
Bidding for the edition will close June 7. Since opening May 23, bidding for the book has reached $70,000.
"More than a unique collector’s item, the fireproof edition of The Handmaid's Tale is intended to serve as a powerful symbol against censorship and a reminder of the necessity of protecting vital stories," Sotheby's Auction House in New York said.
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Profits from the auction are reportedly going to be donated to PEN America, an anti-censorship organization.