If you have a spare £33,000 and an interest in JRR Tolkien's work then you may be interested to know that a rare signed first edition of The Hobbit is expected to be auctioned for this price at a Christies's sale at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York, next Wednesday.
It is part of a collection of rare and valuable modern first editions being sold by American businessman and lawyer Donald Drapkin.
He is a director of Playboy Enterprises Inc, Revlon Consumer Products and chairman of SIGA Technologies Inc.
The book was signed by Tolkien while he was a professor of Anglo Saxon at the University of Oxford. He gave the copy to four children of a doctor friend. He signed it: "For Henry, Mary and also Aileen and Elizabeth Jennings, with love from the author, JRRT."
Not only did Tolkien give the Jennings the signed copy of his work, he may have, in the style of his own books, given one of the children a magical inspiration to write.
For Elizabeth became a popular and distinguished poet in her own right.
Recently a typewritten letter from Tolkien to his publisher, sent from his home in Headington in 1953, sold for £2,810 on auction site 'eBay'.