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Andrea Galer the costume designer has, in conjunction with the Jane Austen Centre of Bath’s Online shop decided to auction some of her costumes from the 2007 ITV production of Persuasion, and from the BBC’s Miss Austen Regrets, the dramatised biography of Jane Austen’s life as seen from the perspective of  the last few months of her life.

Here you can see two of the costumes that are going to be auctioned on E-Bay (UK). First, the violet dress worn by Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot in Persuasion:

and , below, the nightdress worn by the divine Olivia Williams as Jane Austen in Miss Austen Regrets:

If you go here to Andrea Galer’s own site, you can see that the princes these costumes can command are quite high. The auctions all begin at 99 pence and  so are very tempting, I’m sure, for all you costume-lovers out there. The auction also includes items worn by Matthew McFaddeyn in the BBC production of The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, and items from the BBC’s acclaimed production of Charles Dickens Bleak House.

The auction for all these items  ends on Sunday 25th march, so good luck to any potential bidders out there!

This coming sunday is Mothering Sunday in the UK, and I thought you might know someone who would enjoy one of these literary gifts, produced by the British Library and available from their online shop.

The Jane Austen scented candle, above, has a fragrance of gardenia, tuberose and jasmine and the box is decorated with a quote from Emma, made by the odious Mrs Elton:

There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.

Other candles are available including this Christmas version, inspired, surprise, surprise,  by Charles Dickens:

The candle smells of tangerine, clove and juniper : very Christmassy

Diffusers are also available. Here is one inspired by Leo Tolstoy which is scented with

oakmoss, persimmon and black plum. I quite like the sound of the Oscar Wilde diffuser and candle

scented with cedarwood, thyme and basil. But I’m not quite sure I would plump for the Edgar Allen Poe diffuser or candle…

 scented with sandalwood, patchouli and  absinthe. Even though it is available as a rather smart travel candle in a tin :)

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