Alice in Wonderland finds $15k at auction

The renowned children's author Lewis Carroll continued his posthumous run of auction success at PBA Galleries' Rare Books auction, last Thursday (March 4).

Previously, a first edition dedicated copy of his classic work, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, auctioned for $115,000 in December 2009.

The book was dedicated to none other than Alice Liddell, the real-life child on whom Carroll's fictional Alice was based.

Sold for $15,600, the book was the result of three years' work by a group
of European artists

PBA's sale featured another very special edition of the book - with cork covers, hand drawings and paintings. Only 25 copies were ever produced.

The edition was actually published in 2006, resulting from a three-year project by a group of artists.

PBA timed its sale to coincide with director Tim Burton's newly-released Hollywood adaptation of the book, starring Johnny Depp (himself a rare book collector) and Helena Bonham Carter.

Featuring artworks by artists Facundo Ali and Alicia Scavino, this rare and remarkable book realised a final price of $15,600.


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