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Seventh time lucky for sisters

Brontë and other records set among latest edition of mammoth Sotheby’s sale series

Books and works on paper

A copy of the first published work of the Brontë sisters sold for a record sum at Sotheby’s (25/20/12/5% buyer’s premium) on November 7, just a few months after a new high had been set at another London auction.

On July 10, an exceptional, 75-lot Brontë section of a Forum Auctions sale had included an 1846, Aylott & Jones issue of a book of Poems brought out under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell that made £45,000.

Published at the sisters’ own expense, Poems initially sold only a handful of copies but was picked up and re-issued by Smith Elder when the Brontës began to make a name for themselves.

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