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Bronte possessions to go under the hammer

26th November 2009

Possessions owned by the Brontes will be auctioned next month, offering literature fans a rare chance to acquire items used by the sisters.

Dr Philip Errington, deputy director of auction house Sotheby's, told the Yorkshire Post that a geometry set and art box of Emily's and Charlotte's writing desk could be sold for up to GBP 17,000 on December 17th.

'The opportunity to buy something the Brontes owned is not common at all,' he commented, adding that Emily's items are considered to be the 'holy grail' as few of her personal possessions survive.

Sotheby's last auctioned Bronte collectables in December 2004 when items including an unknown painting of Charlotte and a pistol similar to the one featured in Wuthering Heights went under the hammer, the expert added.

Ann Dinsdale, collections manager for the Bronte Parsonage Museum, also told the newspaper: 'They are very important pieces, especially anything relating to Emily Bronte because she was never famous during her own lifetime.'

This week, a first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species sold at auction for more than GBP 100,000, exceeding estimates of GBP 60,000.

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