LOTR signed first editions achieve 60% increase on estimate

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2015-06-26 13:09:05

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LOTR signed first editions achieve 60% increase on estimate

A first edition set of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) sold with one of the earliest Hobbit manuscripts

With the recent release of The Hobbit at cinemas we can expect a slew of Tolkien collectibles to appear at auction.Leading the way isa UK auction house, which hassold a complete first edition signed set of The Lord of the Rings with impressive results.

LOTR signed first edition setRayner Unwin was one of the first to be enchanted by Tolkien's fantastic creation

Thetrilogy, each signed by JRR Tolkien on the title page, brought 24,000 ($37,995)to a January 30 auction in Gloucestershire.The price represents a 60% increase on the 15,000 high estimate given prior to the sale.

Also starring was one of the earliest knowneditions of The Hobbit, stamped "file copy" by the publishers, which brought 3,200 ($5,066).

All three of the Lord of the Rings books and The Hobbit manuscript were originally owned by Rayner Unwin of Allen and Unwin, the publishers that first put Tolkien's work on the shelves. The auction house's Chris Awberyexplained tothe BBC:

"Rayner Unwin was as a 10-year old, given the manuscript of The Hobbit by his father, Sir Stanley Unwin, saying 'what do you reckon to this?' He read it and gave a reader's report and said it was very good and should appeal to seven to nine-year-olds. He [Sir Stanley] published it, and the rest is history."

Since the release of the films, Lord of the Rings memorabilia has proved popular at auction, with Legolas' bow selling for $372,000 in December 2012 - a 210% increase on estimate. We can only bide our time before memorabilia from the Hobbit films reaches the market.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has this signed Sir Ian McKellen Gandalf photograph in stock right now. View more movie memorabilia autographs to buy here.

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