THE very fine 1950 first edition copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe seen right, with just a few nicks to the jacket skilfully repaired, was sold for £6000 to a collector by Bloomsbury Auctions on June 17, but at Sotheby’s on July 8, a complete set of the seven books that make up C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia was left unsold on an estimate of £5000-7000.
They were all firsts in jackets, but those on The Lion... and
The Silver Chair (1953) were seriously defective.
Narnia fans will doubtless be nervously awaiting the scheduled
December 2005 release of the Walt Disney version of The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardobe.
Antiques Trade Gazette is the weekly bible of the fine art and antiques industry. Read articles like this every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette or ATG app. Click here to subscribe today.