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A record price was paid at Sotheby's yesterday for the only remaining letter written by Dr. Johnson to his wife. The letter was bought by Mr. Quaritch, of Grafton Street, London, W., for £1,120. It is feared that the relic will find a home abroad.
Dr. Johnson's last letter to his friend, Mrs. Thrale, and a letter from Mrs. Thrale to him realised £850 at a sale' last January. The two letters yesterday. brought only £84 and £105 respectively.
The three letters with fifteen other autograph Johnson letters realised a total of £3,001.
At the same sale a silver book, three-eighths of an inch by two and a half inches, mentioned in Mr. A. W. Tuer's “History of the Horn Brook,” 1897, fetched the record price of £490,
A French illuminated manuscript of the fifteenth century realised £1,150.
To-day, the last of the sale, there will be sold autograph letters of Burns, Dickens, Kipling, Hardy, and Dodgson, author of "Alice in Wonderland,"
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