Odd auction gives you the chance to own Robert A. Heinlein's bed

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Aug 15, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT (Updated)

Ever wanted to own a piece of furniture slept on by a legendary science fiction author? Well, it's your lucky day.

Robert A. Heinlein is best remembered today as a science fiction "Grand Master," one of the "Big Three" of 20th-century sci-fi (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke), and the multiple Hugo Award-winning author of classics like Starship TroopersStranger in a Strange Land and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Every man needs a hobby, though, and one of Heinlein's was building things. At one point, he and his wife Ginny designed and built a house together in California, and while you might not be able to own that, you could own one of Heinlein's beds.

The bed pictured below was designed and built by Heinein for himself and his wife. When Ginny Heinlein died in 2003 (Heinlein himself passed away in 1988), the bed went to the Heinlein Society. Now, after they couldn't find a place for it in a museum, the society is putting the bed up for auction on Aug. 29 to coincide with LoneStarCon 3, the 71st Annual World Science Fiction Convention, set to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 2 in San Antonio, Texas. 


Even if you look beyond the fact that it was built by one of the greatest science fiction writers ever, the bed is actually a pretty cool piece of work. It's big enough for a queen-size mattress and features drawers and compartments to allow for a lot of storage underneath. The attached side tables each have their own drawer, pullout writing space, removable trash container and a compartment that will hold a box of tissues. 

So if you'd like to own a piece of Heinlein history (as well as a rather tricked-out bed), keep an eye on this eBay link. It's not working yet, but it will be beginning Aug. 29. Starting on that day, you'll have 10 days to decide whether Heinlein's bed is right for you, so start calculating just how much you think it's worth.

(Via The Heinlein Society)