Keats Love Letter to Sweetheart Fetches £96,000
The last of Keat’s love letters to his young sweetheart, Fanny Brawne, written in 1820 fetched a sum of 96000 British Pounds.
The letter was sold by auction house Bonhams to the City of London Corporation
The 1820 letter was written to Fanny Brawne, his teenage fiancée’, who lived next door to him in Hampstead, north London.
The poet composed the 170-word note in 1820 while suffering from tuberculosis. He died the following year, aged just 25.
The Romantic poet, fell in love with the teenage Miss Brawne when she moved in next door to his home in Hampstead, north London. Sadly, their relationship was never consummated due to Keats’ highly contagious disease
In the letter, Keats writes,
‘I shall Kiss your name and mine where your Lips have been – Lips! Why should a poor prisoner as I am talk about such things. Thank God, though I hold them the dearest pleasures in the universe, I have a consolation independent of them in the certainty of your affectation.’
According to Michael Welbank, chairman of the Keats House management committee,
"We are absolutely delighted that our bid was successful. Keats is a hugely important part of our cultural landscape, and it is thrilling to know that we will now be able to display the letter where it was written.”