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Hobbit book found in Oxfordshire sold for £6,000 at auction

The first edition was found in an Oxfam charity shop in Oxfordshire Photo: Bonhams

A rare first edition of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' found inside a box of books in a charity shop has fetched £6,000 at an auction in Oxfordshire.

The classic from 1937 was donated to the Oxfam shop in Chipping Norton and sold at Bonhams auctioneers.

It was discovered by Shop Manager Tony Cooper among a collection of theology books.

The book was hidden in a 'dusty' box of books that had been donated anonymously.

The money raised from the auction will be donated to Oxfam.

In the past, the charity book shop has stumbled upon a Doctor Who script signed by actor David Tennant.