Burns books under the hammer

One of Robert Burns' first published poems goes under the hammer and is expected to fetch around £35,000. Other Burns items are valued between £9,000 and £15,000.

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by Samantha Parker

Rare first edition poems penned by Robert Burns have been sold to an anonymous bidder for tens of thousand of pounds at auction.

A Scottish bidder paid 32 and a half thousand pounds for the Kilmarnock edition of Burns' poems, described today as the most impressive work in Scottish literature.

The lots went under the hammer at an Edinburgh auction rooms earlier today.

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Burns book sold for £32,500

The book Credit: ITV Border

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.

Burns' books auctioned

One of the books Credit: Lyle & Turnbull

A rare first edition of the poems of Robert Burns wil be auctioned and is expected to fetch around £35,000. It dates around 1786.

There are thought to be only 74 surviving copies of the edition, of which 42 are in universities, 22 in libraries, eight in museums and just 12 copies left in private hands.

The book is one of a number of rare copies of his work that will go under the hammer in Edinburgh