Thursday, April 19, 2001
Granddaughter of Lewis Carroll's Muse Puts Collection Up for Sale
The archive includes hundreds of letters, photographs, manuscripts, journals and other pieces of family memorabilia, among the most prominent of which are a group of photographs by Lewis Carroll; two highly personal letters from him, to Alice and to her mother, Lorina; and Alice's own, specially bound facsimile of Carroll's handwritten, hand-illustrated manuscript of "Alice's Adventures Under Ground," the basis for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The book is inscribed by Carroll to "her whose namesake one happy summer day inspired his story."
On June 6 the collection, which has been housed for some years in Christ Church college, Oxford, is to be sold in one fell swoop by Sotheby's in London. The auction house has high hopes for the sale, estimating that it will bring in at least £2 million, or close to $3 million.
The New York Times
posted by Marco Graziosi 4:36 AM