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Sherlock Holmes debut to be auctioned

25th May 2010

A rare copy of the book in which Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance is to be auctioned in London.

Auctioneer Sotheby's believes that the inscribed copy of A Study In Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's debut novel, will fetch up to GBP 400,000 when it goes under the hammer on July 15th.

The work was published in 1887 in the Beeton's Christmas Annual miscellany and sold out in 14 days. Only 31 copies of the edition are known to have survived and just two are inscribed.

Peter Selley, senior specialist in Sotheby's books and manuscripts department, commented: 'No signed or inscribed copy has ever been offered for sale at auction since it was published in 1887 and it is highly unlikely that such a copy will ever become available again.'

Tomorrow (May 26th), a signed copy of T.E. Lawrence's The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and a 'lost' letter the author wrote to Lord Rennell will be auctioned by Lyon & Turnbull, with experts anticipating bids of up to GBP 28,000.

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