Burns book sold for £32,500

A first edition of a book containing poems by the Scottish Poet Robert Burns' has been sold for a hammer price of £32,500 in an auction in Edinburgh. The Kilmarnock edition of Burns' poems has been described as 'the most impressive work in Scottish Literature'.

It has been bought by an Edinburgh Institution who say the book will remain in Edinburgh and will be on public display in the Capital.

It was one of a number of items that went under the hammer in Edinburgh today. Simon Vickers head of department of rare books and manuscript at Lyon & Turnbull, He explained why the items are important and how much they expected it to reach:

In the end the book went under the hammer for £32,500, There was interets from across the world.

The story of the book is even more interesting because it almost never got published at all.

The letter

Also under the hammer was a letter written by one of Burns' mistresses, it was written after Robert Burns died and is requesting that a number of love letters written by her to Burns are returned to her. It was sold for £6000.