Busman’s Honeymoon: A Love Story with Detective Interruptions by Dorothy L Sayers sold for $1500 (£1080) at PBA Galleries.

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It was first published in its original form as a play, a comedy in three acts that she wrote in collaboration with one of her friends, Muriel St Clare Byrne.

Gollancz published both that version and the novel that followed later that year, but the record-breaking copy of the latter shown above is not in the familiar red and black lettered yellow covers that were her UK publisher’s trademark.

It wears instead the jacket in which it made its first US appearance that same year with Harcourt Brace.

In a PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium) sale of March 8, it sold at $1500 (£1080).