Leeds & West Yorkshire

Charlotte Bronte letter sold for more than £11,000

Bronte letter
The letter has been in the hands of private collector for a number of years

A letter written by Charlotte Bronte to an aspiring author has sold for £11,250 at an auction in London.

The three-page letter was written in 1852 to a Miss Holmes, who had sent the novelist a copy of a manuscript she had written.

In the letter, Ms Bronte talks about her experiences of working as a governess and how it inspired her most famous work Jane Eyre.

Auctioneers Bonhams said the letter was bought by a UK buyer.

Simon Roberts, manuscript expert at the auctioneers, said the letter has been in the hands of a private collector for a number of years.

He said: "Anything written by Charlotte Bronte is an event, and it's a letter that hasn't been seen for many, many years.

"To have a chance to own anything by any of them is always an event."

Last year, an unpublished manuscript written by Bronte, when she was 14, was sold at auction for £690,850.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites