Fans of the fanciful Sock Monkey Dreams (a tale of life at the Red Heel Monkey Shelter by locals Whitney Shroyer, Letitia Walker and photographer Michael Traister) have a chance to get in on the monkey business.
The book’s sock-monkey author, Benny, finds himself in need of a new computer (in sock monkey world it’s a “Banana” rather than an Apple iBook), and to earn that coveted fruit, he’s selling props, wardrobe items and other rare collectibles from the book Sock Monkey Dreams. Items include vintage handmade Rockford sock monkeys, each with its own character trading card, original art, specially signed books and limited edition prints.
To aid in the monkey writer’s effort, Penguin Publishing is donating a free copy of the Sock Monkey Dreams (which features Asheville scenes) with every vintage monkey given a new home in the “Benny Needs a Banana” campaign.
The ebay auction, touted as the largest known online sale of sock monkeys and sock monkey memorabilia, runs through Tuesday, Aug. 28.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter