Sunday, September 26, 2004

Stuff like this never happens to me.


A HOUSEWIFE has inherited a rare Shakespeare book from a long-lost cousin which could fetch millions at auction.

Mother-of-three Anne Humphries was bequeathed the rare collection of Shakespeare plays from a relative she did not know even existed.

The First Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies is one of only six in private hands and experts describe it as the most important book in the English language.

Dated 1623 it is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays and only around 750 copies were made.

A "very conservative" estimate by auctioneers predict it will sell for up to £80,000.

But the last such copy, although in better condition, was sold for £4.1 million when it went under the hammer in 2001.

Story here. Thanks to the Bookslut for the link.


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