Records Tumble for Some of the Most Seminal Works in English Literature at Sotheby’s Today

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LONDON.- Records for some of the most seminal works in English literature tumbled today at Sotheby’s in London . In the first of a series of sales from “The Library of an English Bibliophile” – one of the finest collections of first edition books assembled in recent times – competition was fierce for fine copies of the greats, many of them inscribed by the authors to people who played a major part in their lives and their oeuvre. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Jane Austen’s Price and Prejudice, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein… These and many others (Brighton Rock, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Maltese Falcon among them) today realised the highest prices ever made by those works at auction. The sale realised £3,160,257 (US$4,997,659) – comfortably above the top estimate for the sale (£2,185,500-2,943,500), which was 90.4% sold by va