Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wuthering Heights Soars at Auction

A first edition of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights sold for £114,000 (including tax and premium) at Bonhams yesterday, fetching more than twice the presale estimate. The winning bidder was book dealer Robert Kirkman, "on behalf of a an unnamed British client who is a keen collector of Brontë works."

The book - one of just three copies of the first edition at auction in the last thirty years - had been in the previous owner's family for four generations.

Wuthering Heights was first published in three volumes at London by Thomas Cautley Newby in 1847. Brontë's pseudonym, Ellis Bell, appears on the title page.

1 comment:

Emily said...

Oh darn. I wanted it. But I only had £113,999.