€107,000 for first edition of 'Ulysses'

 

A copy of James Joyce's Ulysses has sold for €107,000 (£66,000) at an auction in London.

The first edition fetched more than twice its guide price at Sotheby's sale yesterday of English literature and history books in New Bond Street.

UK book trading firm London Trade bought the literary work, which was put up for sale by an anonymous vendor.

"There was very competitive bidding as it made over twice its guide price of £30,000 [ €50,000]," a Sotheby's spokesman said.

The biannual sale also saw a copy of Joyce's Dubliners make £4,500 (€7,300). The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde fetched £10,200 (€17,000).

Another Ulysses first edition signed by Joyce set a world record when it sold for €460,000 in Christie's in New York in 2002.

Ulysses follows the travels its main character Leopold Bloom around Dublin

during one day on June 16th, 1904. - (PA)