A first edition of DH LAWRENCE's controversial erotic novel LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER fetched more than $6,400 (GBP3,370) at auction on Monday (17JAN05).

The rare copy of the 1928 book - which had to be published in Florence, Italy, following a ban in Lawrence's native Britain - was sold to an anonymous bidder in Switzerland.

The sexually-explicit novel was only allowed to be printed in the UK in 1960. It tells the story of CONSTANCE CHATTERLEY, an unhappy woman married to an aristocrat who starts an affair with the gamekeeper.

19/01/2005 09:18