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1963 J.R.R. Tolkien Signed Letter with Lord of the Rings Content
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Beautifully preserved, signed letter referencing The Lord of the Rings by the trilogy's author, J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) on his personal letterhead. The correspondence is on white bond paper (7 x 9 inches) and headed: "Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, Oxford 61639, 76 Sandfield Road, Headington Oxford." The typed body of the letter is dated "21st February 1963" and reads in part: "Dear Mrs. Gill, Thank you very much for your letter. I am so glad you have found pleasure and encouragement in The Lord of the Rings,...I was surprised to learn that you had to wait two years for Vol. III...I regard this as a most gratifying testimonial. With best wishes, Yours sincerely,". Below the salutation the author has signed, "JRR Tolkien" ("9") in bold blue ballpoint. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, first published in 1954-1955, has recently reached new heights of popularity with the release of the award-winning films from director Peter Jackson. The author was a professor at Oxford University in England when he first developed his Middle Earth trilogy from stories he made up for his children at bedtime. This letter was obviously a cherished keepsake. It is in essentially flawless condition, with sharp, clean edges. The signature, done with a flourish, is a near perfect example. Normal mailing fold lines. Near Mint to Mint condition. Ideal for framing, this is a magnificent letter from this enduring icon of literature, with mention and content relating directly to The Lord of the Rings. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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