The Best of Sherlock Holmes

by Randall Stock


Holmes by Frederic Dorr Steele

This website is devoted to covering noteworthy items related to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  It includes lists of "the best" Holmes stories and quotations.  It also includes information on Conan Doyle manuscripts, Beeton's Christmas Annual, Sherlockian and Doylean computer products, and more.



Hound of the Baskervilles Manuscript Leaf Goes to Auction

One of the two recorded manuscript pages from The Hound that uses Sherlock Holmes's full name goes to auction at Christie's in June 2016.  Get the details and see a large photo on the 2016 Hound auction page.

Auction of Three Holmes Manuscripts & More

An April 2016 auction at Bonhams New York included manuscripts of three Holmes stories, a Conan Doyle historical novel and a WW1 short story.  The manuscript of "Thor Bridge" sold for $269,000.  See numerous photos and learn more about the Bonhams 2016 auction.

Five Brigadier Gerard Manuscripts Offered For Sale

The manuscripts of the very first Brigadier Gerard story by Conan Doyle, as well as four other previously unrecorded manuscripts, were long feared to be lost.  It turns out that Herbert F. Gunnison and his heirs have held them for more than 90 years.  See photos and more about five Brigadier Gerard manuscripts.

The Year's Best Sherlock Holmes Books and Movies/TV for 2015

There are hundreds of Sherlock Holmes books and many movies.  What should you get if you are a new fan of Holmes?  I've noted the 10 Best Sherlock Holmes books and DVDs for new fans, and also provided a list of the Top Holmes Books and DVDs / Blu-ray from 2015.

Paget Memorabilia and Sherlockian Association Items

Sidney Paget established the classic image of Sherlock Holmes, and his family retained an important collection of Sherlock Holmes association items.  See this new checklist of Sidney Paget Memorabilia.

New Photos of Original Holmes Drawings by Sidney Paget

Sidney Paget is justly famous for his Sherlock Holmes illustrations in The Strand Magazine.  Only a few of his original Holmes drawings still exist.  The newly-revised Paget census now has photos of many of these original drawings.  See the census of Sidney Paget Original Drawings and Artwork and this additional page with photos of Paget paintings.

Major Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes Material

The most extensive exhibition of Sherlock Holmes rarities in sixty years ran at the Museum of London from October 2014 until April 2015.  It included many Holmes manuscripts and original drawings along with lots of other fascinating material.

Holmes Manuscript and Paget Drawing Sold at Auction

Christie's sold the Holmes manuscript of "Black Peter" and a Paget drawing from "Silver Blaze" on June 19, 2014.

More About Manuscripts

Only 36 original manuscript leaves are known to exist from the most famous Holmes story.  See the revised census of the Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript with information and photos of many leaves.  Or find the locations of all the original Holmes manuscripts.  And there's more news about Conan Doyle material in the manuscripts section, including facsimiles of Holmes manuscripts, a checklist to more than 40 of ACD's other manuscripts, and links to online photos of Holmes manuscripts.

The World's Most Expensive Magazine

Sherlock Holmes first appeared in November 1887 in Beeton's Christmas Annual.  Described as the most expensive magazine in the world, with a copy selling for $156,000 at auction, it is rarer than a Shakespeare First Folio.  Learn more in the Beeton's 1887 checklist and census.

Laurie King on Writing Stories with Holmes

Laurie R. King is the New York Times best-selling author of a series of books involving Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell.  Her latest Holmes/Russell book is Garment of Shadows.  See my feature on Laurie King talks about writing, Russell, and Holmes.

Basil Rathbone versus Robert Downey, Jr.?

With two blockbuster Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey, Jr., it's only natural to wonder how they compare to the Basil Rathbone films.  The Rathbone pictures are all on DVD – and Double Feature releases offer excellent quality at great prices.  See this list of the Best Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies and recommended DVD versions.

The Best Sherlock Holmes Pastiche Says Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen thought that Vincent Starrett wrote one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories ever.  This story first appeared as a booklet in 1920 that's now a rare collectible.  See the newly-revised Census of the First Edition of The Unique Hamlet by Vincent Starrett and read the full story.

The Familiar Quotations of Sherlock Holmes
It's elementary that there are many excellent quotations in the Holmes stories.  In fact, entire books of these popular passages have been published.  But which of these are the most famous?  Find out in The Ten Most Famous Quotations from the Sherlock Holmes Stories.


Best Holmes Stories
It's official!  Sherlockian scholars have selected the best stories in the largest and most comprehensive appraisal ever made of the Sherlock Holmes tales.  Poll results were published in the Baker Street Journal.  Now you can read about that poll, plus many other polls over the years, at this site's section on The Best Sherlock Holmes Stories.


For Your Attention
Learn about some important books and other sections of this website from my Other Points of Interest.


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