Unpublished Ted Hughes poems to star at PBA Galleries

A set of six unpublished autographed manuscript poems by Ted Hughes (1930-1998) are to auction at PBA Galleries in San Francisco on January 30.

Ted Hughes poems manuscript
Each of the six poems are autographed by Ted Hughes

The poems, which are selling as a single lot, will provide one of the highlights of the Beats, Counter Culture and Avant Garde sale - and are estimated to bring $7,000-10,000.

They date to the early 1970s and are named after various face cards (King of Clubs, Queen of Hearts etc), a concept Hughes repeated in the late 1980s when he produced the Full House series - although the themes and style of the works are entirely different.

They are sold in a presentation morocco-backed box along with a typed, signed letter by the poet.

Last April a portrait of Hughes sold for £7,500 ($11,500) at Bonhams London.

You can view our rare books and manuscripts for sale here.

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