Brontë's lost manuscript is off to Paris
Friday 16 December 2011
The Brontë Society said yesterday it was "bitter disappointed" one of the literary family's most significant treasures discovered in years has been snapped up by a French museum for a record sum.
The important Charlotte Brontë miniature manuscript will go on show in Paris and will not be returning to the writer's home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, despite raising more than £650,000 to keep the find in Britain.
The manuscript, which went under the hammer at Sotheby's in London yesterday, was previously untraced and unpublished.
It was expected to fetch between £200,000 and £300,000, but was sold to The Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits in Paris for a record £690,850.
The miniature manuscript measures just 35 x 61mm, but its 20 pages contain more than 4,000 words of tiny script, produced by Charlotte in September 1830 when she was 14.
Parsonage Museum Museum Director Andrew McCarthy said: "This is an important part of our broader literary heritage. We are bitterly disappointed that scholars and the public may now not have the opportunity to study and enjoy it as part of our collection."
There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turningTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 Y-40 Deep Joy: The world's deepest swimming pool
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Syria air strikes: President Obama undergoes Damascene conversion as Isis forces America to change tack
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Idris Elba 'absolutely' wants to play James Bond
Cilla, episode 2, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith continues to shine
Kendrick Lamar: New song 'i' released on Soundcloud sampling Isley Brothers - listen here
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?
Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books