Lot 65 of 502:
William S. Burroughs Methadone bottle  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,320
$600 - $900

Bottle from William S. Burroughs' methadone prescription with stones from his gravesite and .45 caliber shell fired from Burroughs' gun


Lawrence, Kansas




Empty bottle from William S. Burroughs prescription for methadone from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Inside the bottle are a few rocks and a bit of dirt along with a .45 caliber bullet casing.

Accompanied by a typed letter, signed, from S. Clay Wilson explaining: "I attended the memorial service for William S. Burroughs on August 6, 1997 in Lawrence, Kansas. While there I received, as a remembrance of William Burroughs, an empty methadone liquid bottle with cap...At the gravesite of William Burroughs in St. Louis, Mo, I placed inside the methadone bottle some dirt and a few small stones from the grave and added a shell fired from Burrough's shotgun." Signed and dated, 3/2/13. A unique item.

Lot Amendments


Item number:
Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS.  For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained directly from the lot details page for each item or by contacting William Taylor prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.