Jane Austen unfinished novel fetches 3 times reserve price


Jane Austen unfinished novel fetches 3 times reserve price

The 1m missing Austen: Unfinished novel fetches three times reserve price

8:38 PM on 14th July 2011

Sotheby

‘The Watsons’, a lost novel by Jane Austen, was sold at Sotheby’s in London yesterday for 993,250, three times the guide price, to an anonymous buyer

This heavily corrected draft represents the earliest surviving manuscript

The manuscript was written after Austen completed Northanger Abbey and before she began Mansfield Park but it was never published because her father died

The work contains a host of Austen’s shrewd observations about polite society in the early nineteenth century

Significant: The book is one of the most autobiographical of Austens novel

Significant: The book is one of the most autobiographical of Austen’s novel