Signed Jane Austen novel sells for £325,000

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A signed copy of a Jane Austen novel published in 1816 has been bought for £325,000.

The book is a first edition copy of Emma which Austen presented to her friend Anne Sharp, the inspiration for Mrs Weston in the novel.

Jonkers Rare Books in Oxfordshire paid £180,000 for it at auction in 2008.

It is understood that a British collector bought the book, which is one of 12 special 'presentation' copies Austen gave to friends and family.

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