Rare first edition of JRR Tolkien’s Hobbit sold for a record PS60,000

March 19th, 2008 - 3:54 pm ICT by admin  

London, March 19 (ANI): A 1937 first edition of JRR Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit, has been sold for a record 60,000 pounds - twice as much as expected.

The book, which Tolkien dedicated to his friend Elaine Griffiths “with best wishes from JRRT”, was bought by a private collector at an auction at Bonhams in London.

Maps, photographs and manuscripts will also be sold at Bonhams in London, reports BBC.

The auctioneers claim the book “illustrated with many black and white drawings penned by Tolkien himself” sets “a new world record price at auction for an inscribed copy of the book.”

Other items that went under the hammer included the first foreign language edition of The Hobbit, translated into Swedish in 1947 and the last known photograph of Tolkien taken by his grandson in 1973, which sold for 1,560 and 864 pounds respectively.

The Hobbit established Tolkien’s name in literature, and was the prequel to the trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which was screened in 2001- 2003 and grossed almost 3 billion dollars at box offices worldwide.

Tolkien’s most successful book has been translated into 50 languages and sold over 100 million copies worldwide. (ANI)

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