Original manuscript of Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne auction

August 19, 2009

THE original manuscript of Auld Lang Syne will go on display today ahead of an auction of historical treasures. The famous Robert Burns work is expected to sell for up to £50,000 when it goes under the hammer at the Bonhams Scottish Sale later this month.

But the buyer will not be able to take it home, and will instead be “patron” of the 18th century artefact, which will be kept in the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire.

Another piece of Burns memorabilia, a bible he owned in the later stages of his life, will also be on show.

Preserved in a velvet-lined blue Moroccan box with “Burns Bible” lettered on it in gilt, it is expected to fetch up to £2000 in the auction.

A number of pieces relating to Queen Victoria also form part of the sale.

They include a woolwork bag she made using purple and gold threads, and a Royal Stewart silk shawl which she wore at Balmoral.

There is also a stickpin in memory of John Brown which Queen Victoria presented to her servants and cottagers on the anniversary of his death.

A specially-commissioned ceramic Wemyss Pig will also be auctioned, with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The three-day sale runs from August 18-21 at Bonhams in Edinburgh.

John Brown (December 8, 1826 – March 27, 1883) was a Scottish personal servant and favourite of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom for many years. He was appreciated by many (including the Queen) for his competence and companionship, and resented by others for his influence and informal manner

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