Siegfried Sassoon's Joy Bells sees 250% increase on valuation

An autographed draft of Siegfried Sassoon's Joy Bells realised £5,250 ($8,382) at Bonhams' November 12 Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs auction in London.

Joy Bells Siegfried Sassoon
The draft was written on November 23, 1917

The lot achieved a significant 250% increase on its estimate of £1,500 ($2,400).

It was written on November 23, 1917 - just days before Sassoon (1886-1967) left Craiglockhart, a military hospital where he had been sent in lieu of prison following the publication of his protest against the war.

During this time he met Wilfred Owen, a fellow war poet, with whom he struck up a friendship.

The poem attacks the Church of England for its jingoistic stance on the conflict.

We have a selection of autographs available, including this autographed letter by Woodrow Wilson - president of the US during the first world war.  

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