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Rare Enid Blyton memorabilia for sale at Ilkley auction
Manuscript for the Mystery of Tally Ho Cottage by Enid Blyton
Seventeen original manuscripts by Enid Blyton are up for sale in Ilkley

Original typescripts by Enid Blyton, perhaps the most famous 20th Century children's author, go under the hammer in Ilkley later this month.

These unique items are going on sale together with other objects once owned by the writer such as fur coats, furniture and book illustrations.

The objects were owned by Enid Blyton's eldest daughter, Gillian Baverstock, who lived in Ilkley until her death.

The sale of Blyton memorabilia is expected to fetch thousands of pounds.

Portrait of Enid Blyton
It is thought this portrait of Enid Blyton could fetch between 400-600

During her lifetime, Enid Blyton wrote over 700 books and was widely read by youngsters across the world.

In 2008, Blyton was voted the UK's best loved writer, beating JK Rowling, Jane Austen and even Shakespeare.

She was the author behind such children's favourites as the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, the Malory Towers stories and the Noddy books.

When she died in 1968 at the age of 71, she left a large collection of typescripts, pictures, signed and presentation volumes and other memorabilia to her daughter Gillian.

Gillian spent many years teaching at a private primary school in Ilkley where she lived with her husband Donald Baverstock.

She is said to have been intensely loyal to her mother and passionately interested in her work.

Items from Gillian's collection which are going under the hammer include 17 lots of original typescripts, many with notes written by Enid Blyton herself.

Among the typescripts are the original copies of much-loved Blyton tales typed and corrected by the author herself, including Five Have Plenty of Fun, Last Term at Malory Towers and Cheer Up Little Noddy.

The typescript of The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage includes a handwritten note by the author explaining: "I do not write my books by hand but type them straight out of my head".

It is thought that a number of these unique typescripts could sell at auction for up to £500 each.

Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton wrote over 700 books during her lifetime

Also included in the auction are 47 lots of annotated or autographed books by or for Enid Blyton and her family members, together with high quality sets of Blyton's books sent to the author as presentations from her grateful publishers.

Other items related to the author are up for sale in Ilkley, too, including a silver figure of a seated child reading a book which was presented to Gillian by the Enid Blyton Book and Ephemera Collectors Society in 1997, and a framed painting of the author which was painted by Aubrey Claude Davidson-Houston in 1949.

A number of Blyton's mink and leopard skin coats are also going under the hammer, together with a small table that she once used together with a photograph of the author sitting at it reading letters.

The sale of Enid Blyton books and memorabilia takes place at Hartley's auctioneers in Ilkley on Wednesday 15 September 2010, with viewing the previous Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

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