Dartmoor Auctions, Sticklepath, Okehampton EX20 2NL

Lot 400 - Gavin Maxwell A Life by Douglas Botting

This book was discovered during a house clearance in Devon and would normally have been passed over and disposed of. However, upon careful examination, the fly leaf showed an author's dedication to the house owner. Research revealed that the home owner was previously married to Gavin Maxwell an author and recluse famous for "Ring of Bright Water". After a subsequent press release, interest was shown and the book attracted a bid of £330 from a private collector in Sidmouth. This one effect will have paid for a huge percentage of the house clearance fees. The book was indeed sold at auction and both client and collector are happy.