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March 13, 2013

Rare poem written by 13-year-old Charlotte Brontë goes on sale

Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

The 16-line poem is expected to fetch between £40,000 – £45,000

By Felicity Capon

A very early poem by 13-year-old Charlotte Brontë has gone on sale at Bonhams auction house in London.

The manuscript of Charlotte Brontë’s poem, I’ve been wandering in the greenwoods, is expected to fetch between £40,000 – £45,000.

The poem is signed “C Brontë” and dated 14 December 1829. It is written on a small slip of paper 3×3 inches in size and cannot be read easily without a magnifying glass.

A spokesman for Bonhams said: “Poetical manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë are extremely rare – only two others have been sold at auction in 40 years or more. This may be the last poem by her in private hands.”

The poem is among a collection of more than 260 other poems and portraits going under the hammer. The collection is the result of 40 years of collecting by the Oxfordshire poet and scholar Roy Davids. Together, the items are expected to sell for up to £800,000.

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