#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 12°C Tuesday 20 October 2020
Advertisement

Signed copy of The Importance of Being Earnest fetches $362,500 at Sotheby's

A signed first edition of Oscar Wilde’s play was bought for several times the estimate at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.

An undated picture of author Oscar Wilde.
An undated picture of author Oscar Wilde.
Image: AP/AP/Press Association Images

A SIGNED FIRST edition of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest has sold at auction in New York for $360,00.

The calfskin-covered book, which was produced in 1899, contained a handwritten note to Robert Ross – Wilde’s patron, one-time lover and lifelong friend.

Inside the cover, Wilde wrote the words:

To the Mirror of Perfect Friendship.
Robbie: whose name I have written on the portal of this little play. Oscar. Feb ’99.

The book was auctioned alongside a library of literary treasures of Jacques Levy, a collector of rare books, and sold to New York bookseller James Cummins.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

About the author:

Read next:

COMMENTS (3)