The Poe Museum was quick to obtain some of the bricks. About 700 of them were shipped to Richmond.
"These objects represent a very prolific period in Poe's life," says Steve Hicks, the executive director of the museum.
Chris Semtner, the exhibits manager at the museum, explains, "While [Poe] lived at the apartment for a year and a half, he worked on one of his most famous books, 'The Raven and Other Poems,' and fulfilled his lifelong ambition of becoming an editor when he purchased a share in the Broadway Journal."
The bricks are for sale and proceeds will be divided equally between the museum and the Mystery Writers' Association of America, which annually awards writers the prestigious Edgar Award.