Love, a poem hand-written by popular English poet Philip Larkin, sold at Bonhams London for £7,500 ($11,687) yesterday (May 8).
The sale represents the first time a Larkin poem has ever appeared at auction. The price achieved is therefore a new Philip Larkin auction record.
The first stanza of Love reads:
The difficult part of love
Is being selfish enough
Is having the blind persistence
To upset an existence
Just for your own sake
What cheek it must take.
Estimated to be worth £4,000, the darkly-humorous poem sold with an increase of 87.5%.
Oscar Wilde's draft of Heart's Yearnings was the top-performing manuscript; an early portrait of the author also put in a strong performance, bringing £16,250 ($25,272).
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