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  Early Hobbit book sells for 41,825
Updated 12 July 2002, 20.24
Gandalf and Frodo
Lord of the Rings came after The Hobbit

A copy of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein has been sold at auction for a whopping 41,825.

The book was one of the first copies of the book to be printed in 1937, and the author had signed it and written a note to his aunt in the cover.

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The combination of being a really early copy and having Tolkein's signature is what made it so valuable.

There were loads of other books on sale at the auction at Sotheby's, and a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was another big seller.

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It was a first edition signed by author JK Rowling and went for a magical 10,755.

An early Beatrix Potter book also went under the hammer, with a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit fetching 41,825 on Friday.

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