The Watsons, one of the very few original manuscripts by Jane Austen that still exist has sold at Sotheby’s in London today for a whopping £993,250 ($1.6m), three times the estimated price! The unfinished manuscript was the last remaining of Austen’s work to be owned privately and will now live in splendor at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. This is the best news possible for those (like me) who were concerned that the manuscript would disappear into private hands and not be exhibited to the public.
You can watch these three videos by the BBC explaining the importance of the manuscript and watch the final gavel fall to close the sale. Enjoy!
- Rare Jane Austen novel has sold for a record price at auction
- Jane Austen manuscript sells for £993,250
- Jane Austen manuscript sells for more than £990,000
Curious about Jane Austen unfinished novel? Read my review of the Naxos audiobook production of The Watsons.
Cheers, Laurel Ann
© 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose