Wednesday, September 13, 2006

News: Agatha Christie Memorabilia Auctioned

Hundreds of personal items belonging to crime writer Dame Agatha Christie were auctioned off Tuesday by Bearnes of Exeter (UK). The signed first edition books, ceramics, pictures, prints, furniture and jewellery were kept at her Devon holiday home, Greenway House. The house, but not the contents, was gifted to the National Trust in 2000 by Christie's daughter.

The first 100 lots sold for two or three times their initial estimates, Bearnes reported. A collection of her first edition novels sold for more than $75,000. A single copy of Death on the Nile, the most expensive book sold at the auction, fetched over $4400. The auction, which attracted worldwide attention, garnered approximately $560,000, half of which will help fund conservation work at Greenway House.

Dame Agatha's books published in English have sold more than one billion copies and another billion copies in more than 45 other languages. She died in 1976.

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