Jim Morrison's 70th Birthday: Celebrate with Passages from His Paris Notebook

Jim Morrison's Personal Notebook Goes to Auction December 18
Jim Morrison's last notebook
Courtesy of Profiles in History

12/08/2013 AT 07:10 PM EST

Sunday would have been Jim Morrison's 70th birthday. And in just 10 short days, you can celebrate Mr. Mojo Risin' by bidding on the last notebook he ever wrote in, though you may want to liquidate some assets ahead of time in preparation.

The marble-bound notebook is being sold by Profiles in History and is expected to fetch between $200-300,000. It contains entries written by Morrison over the few months in 1971 when he was living in Paris detoxing from life with The Doors, shortly before his death at 27 on July 3 of that year.

The notebook includes poems with titles like "The Hive," "The City," "Peep Shows" and "Brothers on a Sundeck." Other bits of writing include Morrison's musings on color ("Red is the perfect color"), cinema ("Cinema is the most totalitarian of the arts"), and Proust. Oh, and Caligula: "Caligula wished all his subjects had one neck & he could behead a kingdom w/ a blow." So there's that.

And for you completists, here's the final entry of the notebook, in its entirety:
"Art is a compromise, a vast midland, it attempts to rejoin subject & obj[ect] by revealing w/pure eye. Art can suspend the separation [sic] of perceived & perceiver. Beauty is therefore an absolute, rooted in disinterested perception – objects devoid of all purpose & meaning."



The notebook is being sold by Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills & Nash), who acquired it from Bill Siddons, his manager at the time. As Nash writes on the inside of the case the notebook is being sold with, "Bill Siddons was the man who picked up Jim's body in Paris."

Another of Morrison's notebooks from 1971 sold at a public auction in 2008 for $91,000, though it contained only 20 pages, roughly a fifth the amount included in this one. Profiles in History is also selling Morrison's handwritten lyric sheet to "Riders on the Storm," which is expected to fetch up to $30,000.

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