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Treasures in the attic are a bit of a cliche, but they can be found. One of the most expensive items ever sold by Bloomsbury Book Auctions was a brown paper package simply marked ‘old book’ and consigned by a solicitor, acting on behalf of a family. It turned out to be a medieval manuscript which we estimated at £40,000-£60,000, but which eventually fetched a staggering £240,000. The moral of the story is, never judge a book by its wrapping paper, let alone its cover.

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