Three signed first edition copies of books by Belfast-born Chronicles of Narnia author, CS Lewis, have sold for a total of £30,000 — more than three times what they were expected to fetch — at an auction.
Before the sale in London, at renowned auction house Sotheby’s, experts were predicting that the books would fetch in the region of £3,000 each.
But bidding on the books was so enthusiastic that The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader sold for £10,625, The Horse And His Boy fetched £10,000 and The Last Battle sold for £9,375.
The books were sold by Lewis’s former private secretary, Oxford-based Walter Hooper, and the money will be given to a Catholic church in Oxford where CS Lewis spent much of his life, even though Lewis admitted that he was a Church of England man.
“CS Lewis is one of those acknowledged collectible authors,” said Dr Phillip Errington, deputy director of the books department at Sotheby’s.
“As soon as you have a collectible author known for one book, you will get people who wish to collect his entire work.”
Clive Staples Lewis, son of a solicitor, was born in Ballyhackamore in east Belfast on November 29, 1898, and briefly attended Campbell College.
CS Lewis mementoes and treasures are becoming increasingly sought after and valuable since the release of the widely acclaimed Chronicle’s of Narnia movies. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was released in December 2005 and the latest installment of the Chronicles — Prince Caspian — hit cinemas in June 2008.
A new tour by Belfast City Council which visits many of the places associated with CS Lewis’ early life has been launched for the summer.
Contact the Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Place on 028 9024 6609 for further information.