An autographed copy of classic children's tale THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has sold at auction for $51,840 (£32,400) - more than 10 times its estimated value.
The treasured book included a handwritten dedication from author Kenneth Grahame to fellow scribe Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's daughter, Foy, who is believed to have been the inspiration for the character Ratty. The inscription was dated October 1908, the same year the story was first published.
The novel proved to be a big attraction at the Bonhams auction in London on Tuesday (23Mar10), with bids far exceeding its minimum estimated price of $4,800 (£3,000).
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