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Discovery of Tolkien’s signature sees copy of The Hobbit fly past auction estimate

Written on July 31, 2021

A signed copy of The Hobbit has sold for £23,000 in a county auction.

Auctioneer Gemima Brettell was the one who discovered that the JRR Tolkien classic, submitted with a host of others after a house clearance, was in fact signed by the author.

Looking through the 1937 second impression of the Lord of the Rings forerunner she was astonished to see it bore the signature of the great man himself – instantly making it a hugely sought after version of the classic children’s book.

The auction at Brettells in Newport took place on Tuesday and saw fierce competition for the book, with the final bid eventually seeing a British collector winning out for the price of £23,000, way past the estimate of £3,500.

JRR Tolkien's signature in the book
JRR Tolkien’s signature in the book

Full Story: Shropshire Star


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