Bronté first edition fetches £114,000 at auction

  • 14 November 2007

A first edition of Emily Bronté’s Wuthering Heights, which was published under the male pseudonym Ellis Bell, has sold for £114,000 at auction.

Auction house Bonhams estimated the rare book would fetch between £30,000 and £50,000.

Anne Reid was given the book by her grandfather after it had been in her family for four generations.

She sold it to fulfill her ambition of becoming an artist.

‘It was quite a wrench to part with the book after all this time but the money will go to pay my fees,’ she said.

The 1847 book was published under a male alias amid fears it would face prejudice coming from a female author.

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