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article imageDonated book nets Oxfam £37,0000 at auction

By Jane Fazackarley     Apr 16, 2010 in Entertainment
A book given to an Oxfam charity shop in the UK has gone on to make £37,000 at an auction. The book was entitled "A Trip To The Highlands Of Viti Levu" and was among a pile of books that were donated to the Devon store.
The collection of books were donated in 2009 and the donor was said to be an elderly man.
The book was self-published and only a small number were made available. It tells the true story of Gerard Ansdell, a scientist, and his family's hunt for their brother who was eventually found on the island of Viti Levuis. The book is in the form of photographs and is made up of 44 black and white pictures.
Books in an Oxfam store usually sell for less than two pounds and the charity says the £37.000 windfall could pay for 1,0000 goats or ensure that more than 5,000 families are fed.
Suzy Alder from Oxfam said:
“This was an unprecedented discovery, but it shows that our bookshops are great places to find all kinds of hidden treasures sitting alongside the racks of bestsellers. This amazing result reflects the ongoing commitment made by our fantastic shop staff, volunteers and support teams nationwide to ensure that we make the most of every donation that comes in.
"We greatly appreciate the donations made to our shops daily across the country, and in this case, the generosity of someone whose single item has raised enough money to help tens of thousands of people living in poverty.”
Andrew Currie, a spokesperson for Bonhams, the group that auctioned the book, said in a statement on the Oxfam website:
“This is a scarce and important book in excellent condition and we’re really pleased that it proved so popular with bidders and that Oxfam has been able to raise so much money for its work.”
This isn't the first time volunteers for the store have spotted a rarity; staff at their Harrogate store spotted a scarce Sherlock Holmes book which dated back to Victorian times. It was sold for more than £15,000.
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