Rare Charlotte Bronte book coming home after museum's auction success

A book written by Charlotte Bronte at the age of 14 will return home after being bought by the Bronte Society at auction in Paris.

The miniature work, called The Young Men’s Magazine, will go to the Parsonage Museum in the Brontes’ old home in Haworth, West Yorkshire.

It was bought for €600,000 (£512,970) after a fundraising campaign by the Bronte Society, which runs the museum.

The museum lost out on the book when it last went under the hammer in 2011.

The total price including buyer’s premium was €780,000 (£666,790).

The work is one of six “little books” written by Charlotte, the eldest of the three sisters, in 1830. Five are known to survive, and the Bronte Parsonage Museum already holds the other four.

The works were created for Charlotte’s toy soldiers and document an imaginary world created by the family called Glass Town.

Charlotte is best known for her 1847 classic novel Jane Eyre.

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Charlotte Bronte captured by the artist George Richmond

Kitty Wright, executive director of The Bronte Society, said: “We were determined to do everything we could to bring back this extraordinary ‘little book’ to the Bronte Parsonage Museum and…

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