The manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, The Watsons which we discussed a while ago here ,was sold by Sotheby’s in London this morning for the amazing sum of £850,000
The original sale estimate was between £200,000 to £300,000. The final sale price certainly exceeded that estimate, and with the buyers premium to pay, exceeded £900,000, the final price to pay being £993,250.
As I predicted, the buyer was an institution and not a private individual. The burning question of the hour is, which institution? Anyone like to hazard a guess?
Here are three pages from the manuscript taken from the Sotheby’s Lot Description. You can find all the details of the manuscript in Sothebys E-Catalogue here
The evidence would confirm that Jane’s fame and appeal is certainly not on the wane…