A pristine copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit has sold at auction for a record £137,000 (just over $213,000 US), more than double the record for the previous record, set in 2008.

One reason for the high price? Tolkien signed the copy for Katherine Kilbride, a student of Tolkien’s in the 1920s.

Tolkien inscribed only a ‚Äúhandful‚ÄĚ of presentation copies of The Hobbit on its publication, said Sotheby‚Äôs, with CS Lewis also a recipient. Kilbride‚Äôs includes an inscription by the author in Old English, identified by John D Rateliff, author of The History of The Hobbit, as an extract from Tolkien‚Äôs The Lost Road. This time-travel story, in which the world of N√ļmenor and Middle-earth were linked with the legends of many other times and peoples, was abandoned by the author incomplete.


Color us very, very jealous.

via The Guardian.