21 May '11, 4pm

Rare manuscript of Jane Austen's unfinished novel up for grabs

London, May 21 (ANI): A rare handwritten manuscript of Jane Austen's unfinished novel 'The Watsons' is all set for auction at Sotheby's in London. e tidily written but heavily corrected pages, which is the only one that is still in private hands, is believed to be as good as her six completed novels. Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby's senior specialist in books and manuscripts, said that it was a thrill and privilege to be selling it. "It is very exciting. This is the most significant Austen material to come on the market since the late 1980s,"the Guardian quoted Heaton as saying. The novel is considered around a quarter completed and the manuscript has 68 pages, which were hand-trimmed by Austen, and have been split up into 11 booklets. The manuscript has been valued at 200,000 to 300,000 pounds and will be sold on 14 July. (ANI)

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