Devon museum auctions bequeathed Austen letter
The Daily Mail reveals the letter that was sent by Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra in January 1799. The letter was bequeathed to the Torquay Museum in Devon. It is thought to be a handwritten note that could be sold for as much as £200,000.
A previously unseen letter by Jane Austen in which she first writes about Pride And Prejudice has gone on public display for the first time.The double folded sheet, sent by Austen to her sister Cassandra in January 1799, makes reference to the novel - fourteen years before it was first published. The handwritten note, which lay undiscovered in a box file for 60 years, will be exhibited at Torquay Museum in Devon ahead of a planned auction.
The letter, pictured above, which was sent by Austen to her sister Cassandra in January 1799, was bequeathed to Torquay Museum in Devon. It is thought the handwritten note could be sold for £200,000. The museum intends to sell the letter and has put it on public display to give fans a last chance to view it. It is believed it could fetch £200,000 when it goes under the hammer.
Barry Chandler, curator of collections at Torquay Museum, said money raised from the sale would create an endowment fund to secure the museum's future. He said: 'This is probably the finest surviving example of correspondence from the novelist to her sister, and was acquired by Hester Pengelly, daughter of one of the founders of Torquay Museum, William Pengelly.
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