UPDATE: As of November, 2012, the Sharp presentation copy of Austen’s Emma is for sale…again?
The presentation copy of Emma originally gifted to Jane Austen’s good friend Anne Sharp (and likely real-life model for Mrs. Weston) garnered £325,000 – or $489,747 – in a transaction announced this week (April, 2010). Christiaan Jonkers of British-based Jonkers Rare Books purchased the copy at auction in 2008 for considerably less (£180,000/$271,294). For more discussion…
- Laurel Ann’s Austenblog discusses the resale (2010)
- BBC coverage (2010)
- Seattlepi.com (2010)
- Henley Standard (2010)
- Daily Mail (2012)
- Sotheby’s Lot Inforrmation (2012)
4 Replies to “Anne Sharp’s presentation copy of Emma resold…”
Thanks for the shoutout Kalikins. It is indeed a handsome fortune to pay for a book. If I had close to half a million dollars just sittin’ around, I would have bought it before that British collector in a flash.
We could have taken up a collection back when it was UFA!
Updated Blog Post: http://t.co/nh6lwg6W Anne Sharp’s presentation copy of Emma resold…