A FIRST edition copy of Bram Stoker’s classic Whitby-based novel Dracula has sold at auction for £10,000.
The book went under the hammer on Thursday at Sotheby’s auction house in London and was snapped up by a mystery bidder.
Sotheby’s described the book as a lovely copy of the first edition of the world’s most famous vampire story, and had been expected to fetch anywhere between £8,000 and £12,000.
The book, partly set in and inspired by Whitby, was published in 1897 when Whitby, along with the rest of the country, was celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
The copy of Dracula was among 149 rare books sold for a total of £3 million by a wealthy 75-year-old mystery collector.
At the auction, a first edition copy of A Christmas Carol, signed by Charles Dickens, sold for £181,250,a first edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice went under the hammer for £139,250, and an early copy of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte sold for £163,250.
Norfolk parson’s book sells for £163,250.
A first edition copy of Wuthering Heights, once owned by a Norfolk parson, has sold at auction for £163,250.
The antique copy of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece, first published in three volumes in 1847, was expected to fetch up to £75,000 but a mystery buyer landed it for just under double that price.
It was originally owned by the Rev John Nathaniel Micklethwait, who lived at Coltishall Hall and later inherited by Taverham Hall, now an independent school.
It was among 149 rare books, mostly first editions, put up for sale by a 75-year-old mystery man at Sotheby’s in London.
A first edition of Black Beauty – written by Norfolk-born Anna Sewell – sold for £6,875.