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Friday, 23 March, 2001, 12:13 GMT
'Alice in Wonderland' archive for sale
The young Alice Liddell poses for Lewis Carroll
The young Alice Liddell poses for Lewis Carroll
A collection of books, photographs and papers belonging to the young girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland are to be auctioned.

The archive was collated by Alice Pleasance (nee Liddell), who at seven years old was befriended by Lewis Carroll.

Carroll then went on to write the fantasy Alice In Wonderland, citing the young Alice as his muse.

Among the lots up for auction at Sotheby's in London will be her own copy of the book which is estimated to reach up to 300,000 when it goes up for sale on 6 June.

Carroll is believed to have first created his fictional character on a river expedition with the three Liddell sisters in 1862.
Lewis Carroll
Portraits of Carroll are contained in Alice's album

Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, Henry Wyndham, said: "Sotheby's has had a long association with Alice in Wonderland since 1928 when we sold the original manuscript to Alice's Adventures Under Ground given by Lewis Carroll to Alice Liddell.

"In the intervening period interest in Alice has grown significantly."

The manuscript sold for 15,400, setting a new world literary record.

The collection going under the hammer was preserved by Alice up until her death in 1934, and then by her family.

Other lots include a autograph letter by Carroll written to Alice, the only one still in private ownership,

The letter, addressed to Mrs Hargreaves, expresses his sense of nostalgia for the seven-year-old Alice of yesteryear.

Wedding ring

He invites her to tea, suggesting she may like to bring her husband, whom he had just met.

He wrote: "It is hard to realise that he was the husband of one I can scarcely picture to myself, even now, as more than seven years old."

The letter is estimated to reach between 80,000 to 120,000.

An album of photographs of the Liddell sisters, taken by Carroll, and the author himself could sell for up to 150,000 according to experts.

Alice's wedding ring, a pair of silver brushes and copies of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are also included in the sale.

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