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Ronnie Barker's 'boring' Edward Lear limerick book sells for £3,600
A BOOK of Edward Lear’s limericks annotated by one of Chipping Norton’s most famous residents has sold for £3,600.
Comedy legend Ronnie Barker, who opened up an antiques shop in the town called the Emporium, annotated Lear’s Book of Nonsense “to try to improve them.”
The book attracted much interest when it went under the hammer at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, in South Cerney, yesterday selling for more than double it’s estimated price of £1,500.
Auctioneer Chris Albury said that six phone and six private bidders “slogged it out” in the sales room with a Scottish private collector finally coming up trumps.