Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  Rings books smash auction hopes
Updated 31 March 2004, 20.13
JRR Tolkien
Rare copies of The Lord of the Rings made more than twice the expected amount at an auction on Wednesday.

The lot, which included signed copies of the first two books in the trilogy, were valued at 1,000, but an anonymous bidder bought them for 2,100.

They were part of a sale of 3,000 books all belonging to the same man, William Adams, who died in June.

The auction at Bonhams in Edinburgh made around 150,000 in all. Bids came in from France, the US and Japan.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf
You might have heard of the films of the Lord of the Rings....
But book expert Cooper Hay said he didn't think the Rings books had gone overseas.

The lawyer who dealt with Mr Adams' will described what he saw when he first went into his house.

"Every room was lined with books. They were not just on walls, but under the bed, in the cupboards and in drawers," he said.

Watch/ListenBORDER=0
Hear storyHear story
BORDER=0

More InfoBORDER=0
Find OutFind out about Tolkien's books
ChatChat on the Rings books board
VoteWhich LOTR book do you prefer?

BORDER=0

Past StoriesBORDER=0
Legal delays hold up Hobbit film
Lord of the Rings to be turned into a musical!
Hobbit trailer excites Rings fans
ROTK is third biggest film ever
Hobbit film looking more likely

BORDER=0


 


E-mail this page to a friend



Full UK Section
Also in UK now:
Work to clear crash track starts
Book features Madonna's daughter
Thousands take part in fox hunts
Lord of the Rings
Full section
Scotland Northern Ireland Northern England Wales South West England Sout East England Midlands
Your Reports
Click on an area to read stories from your region
World Reports
Sword of Mana Special Sword of Mana game competition!
Play nervy navigator Know your way around the UK? Play our game!
JK Rowling Find out why JK loves chatting to fans online
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club