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This 1933 first of The Autobiography of Alice B Toklasleft is signed and inscribed by both its subject and her lifelong partner, the writer Gertrude Stein. It sold for $7500 (£5680) at PBA Galleries.

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Toklas’ inscription reads “Mitch[?] – love to dearest Bobsie from Alice” – believed to be a reference to Mrs Charles ‘Bobsy’ Goodspeed, one of whose printed presentation slips is also tipped in. It sold at a rather higher than expected $7500 (£5680) in a September 20 sale at PBA Galleries (25/20/15% buyer’s premium) in San Francisco.