Rare book found in Oxfam

A rare book donated to an Oxfam shop has sold for £12,000

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Donated Beckett book sells for thousands

An eagle eyed specialist spotted the Samuel Beckett first edition in Oxfam Credit: PA

A book donated to Oxfam has sold at auction in Oxford for twelve thousand pounds after an eagle-eyed specialist spotted it was a rare find.

The first edition of Samuel Beckett's Murphy was sold at the charity's annual Bonhams book auction and went for double the estimated price.

Murphy, published in 1938, was the first novel written by the Irish author and dramatist. The auctioned book is one of only 1,500 copies printed and one of the few that has survived with its original dust jacket.

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