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Literary classics go under the hammer in U.K.

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May 16, 2013 | 8:13am EDT

A collection of rare first editions of books by literary greats including Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald and T.S. Eliot have raised $350,000 (£226,000) at an auction in the U.K. Late teacher Bruce Ritchie owned the impressive collection of some of history's greatest tomes, including first editions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, and 1908's The Wind In The Willows. The books went under the hammer in Edinburgh earlier this week (begs13May13) and raised $350,000, with a copy of The Great Gatsby from 1925 selling for $2,906 (£1,875) alone. Other lots included Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited ($2,480/£1,600) and Prufrock by T.S. Eliot ($5,580/£3,600).

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