A first edition copy of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit lately got sold for £60,000 at an auction to an unidentified bidder. This 1937-edition signed copy is a part of the original first run of 1,500 copies. It fetched almost two-times of the expected price at Bonham’s London-based auction house. The copy is emblazoned to Tolkien’s friend Elaine Griffiths, who enacted a critical role in enabling author securing a printing deal for the narrative. The auction also included the first foreign language edition of The Hobbit, a Swedish translation from 1947 that fetched £1,560 against its anticipated price of £400-£800. To your much-surprise almost 100 million copies of The Hobbit or There and Back Again got sold off.