A first edition of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations has beaten its estimate at Sotheby's.
The 1861 three-volume tome - the 13th Dickens novel - sold for $137,500 at the auctioneer's Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana sale in New York on June 19.
In doing so it increased in value by 5% per annum on its $97,000 auction at Christie's in April 2008.
Its strong price is testament to the ever-increasing draw of the Dickens name, the fact it's one of his most famous works, and the rarity of Great Expectations first editions - just 1,000 were produced.
The auction record for a Dickens first edition remains $290,500, set by a signed pre-publication presentation copy of A Christmas Carol.
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Eight pages from a first edition of the Gutenberg Bible headlined the auction - selling for $970,000.
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