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Rare books seek ideal Holmes

Oxfam Manager Jane Haskins (left) takes a closer look at the books being held by Specialist Book Volunteer at the Lynn Shop, Laura Macgregor (right)
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Oxfam Manager Jane Haskins (left) takes a closer look at the books being held by Specialist Book Volunteer at the Lynn Shop, Laura Macgregor (right) www.lynnnews.co.uk/buyaphoto

AN EAGLE-EYED volunteer uncovered two books in donations to a charity shop worth a combined total of almost £1,000.

A first edition The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, worth £700, was on the shelf in the stockroom ready to go on sale alongside titles marked up for £1.99 in Oxfam, Norfolk Street, Lynn.

Then Asperger’s sufferer Laura Macgregor, 23, was sorting through a box of donations when she uncovered a Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie, thought to be a fourth edition worth around £200.

Shop manager Jane Haskins said: “To have one turn up is brilliant but to have two is unbelievable. Until now the highest value item I’ve known us have is a wedding dress marked up for £150.

“You can build a school in a developing country for £1,000.”

The books will go on sale in the shop on Saturday – inside a locked cabinet. If they do not sell they will go to specialist auction.

 
 
 

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