Extremely Rare Keats Love Letter Heads for Sale of Major Papers and Portraits at Bonhams

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LONDON.- An exceptionally rare and moving love letter from Keats to his fiancée Fanny Brawne heads the sale of the Roy Davids Collection of Papers and Portraits at Bonhams on 29 March – already being described as the most exciting auction of its kind for over 40 years. It is estimated at between £80,000 and £120,000. Keats wrote the letter – the only one of the 39 surviving letters to Fanny still in private hands – in 1820 when he was fatally ill with consumption (TB). Though Fanny lived next door to Keats their meetings were restricted by his health which also prevented even the most limited physical contact. Keats refers to this painful constraint in the letter, regretting the fact that they cannot kiss – TB being highly contagious – but consoling himself with the certainty of her love. The full text of the letter is given below. The doomed love affair between Keats and Fanny Brawne is among the mos