26 June 2019

Sylvia Plath lots at Bonhams: Sales Results

Today at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, three Sylvia Plath lots were offered at auction. Each of these lots originated from the Estate of Elizabeth Sigmund.

Lot 238, Sylvia Plath's annotated copy of The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas.

The estimated price for the Thomas was £3,000 - 5,000/US$ 3,800 - 6,300. The book sold for: £9,000 (£11,312 including buyer's premium). Don't need to be a mathematician to see this sold for well above the high estimate. Bravo!

Lot 239, the only known typescript of Sylvia Plath's "Landscape of Childhood" which later became "Ocean 1212-w".

The estimated price for "Landscape of Childhood" was £1,500 - 2,000/US$ 1,900 - 2,500. The typescript sold for: £2,000 (£2,550 including buyer's premium). Which was at the high estimate.

Lot 240, Elizabeth Sigmund's copy of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar (Heinemann, 1963 edition with Victoria Lucas as author) given to her in the weeks after Plath's death by Ted Hughes. Together with a letter from Ted Hughes.

The estimated price for the The Bell Jar and letter was £2,000 - 3,000/ US$ 2,500 - 3,800. The book and letter sold for: £3,200 (£4,062 including buyer's premium). Just above high estimate.

Congratulations to the winners!

All links accessed 20 and 26 June 2019. £ 2,000 - 3,000 US$ 2,500 - 3,800

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