Edward Gorey was an American writer who was also known for his unsettling pen-and-ink drawings. For many years he wore furs but stopped wearing them as his concern for animal welfare grew. He eventually allowed a family of raccoons to settle in his attic and locked up his coats in a storage facility. In his will, he left his entire estate to the care and welfare of animals and in 2011 an auction of Gorey-ana was held in New York to benefit several nonprofits. The fur coats were up for sale. For Gorey fan, author A.N. Devers, it was an unimaginable opportunity. Here is the story of how she managed to make a winning bid.