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Bloomsbury letters go for auction

Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was foremost in the Bloomsbury group

A collection of previously-unpublished letters written by members of the Bloomsbury group could fetch up to £80,000, the auctioneers estimate.

The material includes over 700 letters between Helen Anrep and others, such as Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.

The group consisted of artists, writers and intellectuals who lived, worked or studied near London's Bloomsbury.

The collection, from 1919 to 1947, will be sold by Gorringes Auctioneers in Lewes, East Sussex, on 3 September.

'Complex web'

The auctioneers have put a guide price of between £50,000 to £80,000 on the collection.

Although not an artist or intellectual, Helen Anrep, who died in 1965, was deeply interested in the arts and became a close friend and confidante of many in the group.

She became involved with the circle in the mid-1920s, and left her husband to live with one of the group, Roger Fry.

A Gorringes spokesman said: "Her contribution to the Bloomsbury group in terms of friendship and support is clearly depicted in this collection of correspondence which offers Bloomsbury scholars the opportunity to acquire further insights into the complex web of relationships within the group."

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