The desk where Bram Stoker created Dracula is to set the auction world ablaze in December (12) when it goes on sale in Los Angeles.

Auction house bosses at Profiles in History have secured the sale of the writing table and it will be a highlight of the firm's Hollywood Auction, which kicks off on 15 December (12).

Irish writer Stoker created the vampire character in the late 1890s and then gave his desk to a friend, who was the editor of the Yorkshire Post newspaper.

The table stayed in the Phillips family for decades, but it was not looked after - drawers went missing and the legs were sawed short.

But in recent years, the owner commissioned furniture artist Mark Brazier-Jones to preserve and enhance the cultural artifact as a work of art.

The desk and candelabra, which Brazier-Jones added, are expected to fetch upwards of $60,000 (Gbp37,500) at auction.