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Dubliners epic sells for €157k at auction

A RARE copy of James Joyce's Dubliners has gone under the hammer for a massive €157,600.

Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by Joyce, first published in 1914.

The price paid at the Sothebys auction, £127,250, is the second highest paid for a rare, first edition copy of the book at auction.

When first published in 1914 by publishers Grant Richards it was priced at three shillings and sixpence.

Sotheby's said the copy had been inscribed and presented by Joyce to his Italian journalist friend, Roberto Prezioso, in June, 1914. They said it might have made more if it had the original dust jacket.

The highest price paid at auction for a copy of the Dubliners -- with a dust jacket and inscribed by Joyce -- was at Christmas in New York 10 years ago, where a copy fetched €210,000.