Children's classic 'Wind in the Willows' sold for $48,800

  • March 23, 2010 16:16

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First edition of "The Wind in the Willows" fetches £32,000 at Bonhams.

A signed copy of "The Wind In The Willows" sold at a Bonhams auction in London for 32,400 pounds ($48,794) - around 10 times its estimated value. Author Kenneth Grahame had inscribed the book with a dedication to the girl who inspired the character Ratty.

Children's literature has attracted some strong bidding in the past several months. A rare 1908 first edition of Anne of Green Gables, the beloved story by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery, sold for $37,500 at Sotheby's in December 2009.

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