Mr Darcy's sofa achieves 53% increase on valuation at auction

A sofa purportedly owned by Thomas Langlois Lefroy (1776-1869), the alleged inspiration for Mr Darcy in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1813), has sold for ?�2,300 ($3,835).

It acheived a 53.3% increase on its ?�1,500 ($2,501) estimate at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester, UK on February 28.

Lefroy and Austen were romantically involved during their early 20s, although the relationship ended when he moved to Ireland to work as a lawyer.

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The sofa was allegedly owned by Thomas Lefroy, the inspiration for Pride and Prejudice's Mr Darcy

He later served as chief justice of Ireland while Austen went on to become one of the best-known writers in the English language.

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