Set of early English literature could fetch $15M at auction

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Posted: Sep 25, 2015 10:23 AM

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — A major collection of rare early English literature is slated to be sold at a December auction in New York City.

Sotheby's will offer the 16th and 17th century material by leading book collector and New York financier Robert Pirie on Dec. 2-5.

The 1,500-volume collection is expected to bring more than $15 million.

Focused on the Elizabethan and post-Shakespeare periods, it includes works by Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and John Donne.

Highlights include a rare copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," with a presale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.

A copy of King Charles I's bound third folio edition of the King James Bible is estimated to bring $50,000 to $70,000.

Highlights will be on view in London Oct. 3-6.