Thursday, May 26, 2011

Generous millionaires take note:


My birthday is in January.

A handwritten and incredibly rare manuscript of Jane Austen's unfinished novel The Watsons is going up for auction this summer. The manuscript (the only one still in private hands) has been valued at £200,000 to £300,000 and will be sold at Sotheby's in London on July 14th. It consists of most but not all of Austen's work-in-progress; the first 12 pages were sold by during World War I to benefit the Red Cross, and additional pages were actually lost by the London University that was entrusted with the manuscript's care.

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