The plaster mask was sold for £175,000 to an overseas buyer earlier this year by a descendant of the brother of its original owner
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Tuesday 24 May 2011
The earliest surviving Jane Austen manuscript, a heavily corrected draft of the unfinished novel The Watsons, is expected to fetch up to £300,000 when it is auctioned in July.
Sunday 03 April 2011
Friday 01 April 2011
Friday 01 April 2011
Wednesday 23 March 2011
Saturday 05 February 2011
There is something about a weekend in Bath that brings out one's inner Catherine Morland. With its perfectly proportioned terraces, serenely sloping cobbled streets and elegant crescents chastely embracing gated gardens, it's a city that drips decorum from its very building blocks. The quaint, ladylike pursuits of Jane Austen's heroines are still de rigueur here – taking the waters, perambulating in the parks, a spot of shopping and, of course, the clotted-cream ceremonies of an afternoon tea. If I'd happened upon a place to play a hand of whist or dance a cotillion, I would have donned my finest sprigged muslin and surely done so. Resistance is futile. And why resist? Why not cast off the corset of nasty, pacey modern life and sink into Bath's languorous, idle pleasures? Surely, my dear, it would be almost rude not to.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Sunday 16 January 2011
Thursday 16 December 2010
A first edition of Jane Austen's classic novel Emma sold at auction for £79,250 today.
Saturday 23 October 2010
Blots, crossings-out, messiness and bad grammar – Jane Austen's manuscripts were so messy that a pro-active editor must have been responsible for the polished prose of novels such as Emma and Persuasion.
Wednesday 13 October 2010
- 1 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white