Tolkiens Treasure Sold Off (from Oxford Mail)

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Tolkien memorabilia sale

A treasure trove of JRR Tolkien memorabilia fetched tens of thousands of pounds when it went under the hammer today.

Lots included the last known photograph of the famous Oxford author.

The picture, auctioned by Bonhams in London, was taken by the fantasy writer's grandson Michael, on August 9, 1973.

The auction also offered the ultimate prize for Tolkien fans - a copy of the 1937 first edition of The Hobbit, inscribed by Tolkien to his friend Elaine Griffiths.

The book was sold to a telephone bidder for �60,000 - twice the pre-sale estimate and a world record for a signed copy of The Hobbit.

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