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First Edition Copy of The Hobbit Fetches $213,000 at Sotheby’s Auction

First Edition Copy of The Hobbit Fetches $213,000 at Sotheby's Auction

The rare first edition of The Hobbit sold for £137,000 ($213,000) at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, last week. This sale doubled the world record for a copy of the author’s first novel. A first edition of JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy adventure The Hobbit had been given to Katherine Kilbride, one of Tolkien’s former students in 1937. She had been a student of the author while attending Leeds University in the 1920s.

First Edition Copy of The Hobbit Fetches $213,000 at Sotheby's Auction
First Edition Copy of The Hobbit Fetches $213,000 at Sotheby’s Auction

It contains an inscription from Tolkien written in Old English, based on one of his poems, making it an exceptional collector’s item.
The sale of this first edition breaks the world sales record for The Hobbit. The book was initially expected to fetch up to £70,000 ($109,000). The previous record had been set in 2008 where a first edition had gone for nearly $95,000!

First Edition Copy of The Hobbit Fetches $213,000 at Sotheby's Auction
First Edition Copy of The Hobbit Fetches $213,000 at Sotheby’s Auction

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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