The layout for the first edition of Norman Lindsay’s fantastical tale is expected to reach $4000.
The layout for the first edition of Norman Lindsay’s fantastical tale is expected to reach $4000. Noble Numismatics

Own a slice of your childhood with literary treasure

THE dream of owning a piece of your childhood could become reality with the original layout of the beloved classic - The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum - going up for auction in Sydney this month.

The layout for the first edition of Norman Lindsay's fantastical tale of three friends and their magical, if not cantankerous, pudding is set to be a highlight at the Noble Numismatics Sale at the State Library of NSW from 20-23 November.

The layout, which features hand-stamped numbered pages with cut and pasted text and illustrations, stitched and partially bound spine, is expected to sell for $4000.

The much-revered item will also be sold alongside a first edition copy of the story.

However, the Australian literary classic won't be the only shining item under the hammer with coin collectors expected to converge on the auction for the sale of a large private collection of rare Indian gold and silver coins.

The collection of around 160 gold coins includes a Tiger Slayer gold dinar from the 4th Century and two extremely rare Mogul Ruler silver rupees (17th and 18th Centuries).

The collection is estimated to sell for around $200,000.

More than 5,000 lots will be offered for sale at the auction including coins, banknotes, historical medals, military medals and militaria, antiquities, Asian artefacts, jewellery, and historical documents.


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