Thursday, 25 March 2010
George Orwell far from Down and Out...
Joining the recent spate of literary auctions, a rare signed first edition of George Orwell's first full-length work, has sold for £86,000. An autobiographical work, 'Down and Out in Paris and London' was first published in 1933. This particular copy comes complete with dust jacket, and the note, 'with the author's kind regards, to Mr LP Moore without whose kind assistance this book would never have been published. Eric Blair, 24.12.32'.
The lot was originally estimated to sell at between £2,500 and £3,500, and Aaron Dean, a book specialist at the auction house, was astounded at the final bid, saying, 'I would be shocked if it isn't a record...I was absolutely stunned'.