Monday 26 September 2016

Sherlock Holmes manuscript expected to fetch up to £300,000 at auction

Published 30/03/2016 | 13:36

A handwritten page from the manuscript of The Problem Of Thor Bridge by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bonhams/PA)
A handwritten page from the manuscript of The Problem Of Thor Bridge by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bonhams/PA)

A handwritten draft of a Sherlock Holmes mystery from 1893 is estimated to be sold for up to £300,000 at a fine literature auction in New York.

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The Adventure Of The Greek Interpreter is one of the 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about detective Sherlock Holmes. The story is best known for the first appearance of Holmes's older brother, Mycroft.

Several other Sherlock Holmes manuscripts are also on sale at Bonhams auction house in New York on April 11.

The Bonhams Fine Literature sale also includes a handwritten page from The Hound Of The Baskervilles, the most famous of Conan Doyle's stories, which marks the return of Sherlock Holmes after his supposed death at Reichenbach Falls.

The page is estimated at £70,000 to £110,000 and is considered especially valuable as it features a discussion between Holmes and Dr Watson.

The page is one of the few surviving pages from the original manuscript, as most were lost or stolen when they were distributed to bookshops as a publicity stunt.

The sale also features a handwritten copy of one of the last Sherlock Holmes mysteries, The Problem Of Thor Bridge, which is expected to be sold for up to £250,000, and a manuscript of one of Doyle's romantic historical novels, Rodney Stone: A Reminiscence Of The Ring.

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