For details on how to contact our editorial and commercial departments, click here
Mass murderer's letters go under the hammer at Leyburn saleroom
SHE may have been despised in life – but 140 years after her death mass murderer Mary Ann Cotton has become very popular.
The saleroom at Tennants of Leyburn was packed when a set of letters penned by the Victorian serial killer from her prison cell as she awaited execution came under the hammer today, February 27.
Many bids had been lodged before the sale got underway but they were quickly overtaken by lively bidding in the saleroom itself.
And when the hammer finally went down the eight letters were sold to a Yorkshire dealer for £2,200 – more than four times the original estimate.
Tennants’ head of books Paul Hughes said: The letters proved hugely popular and were obviously the big draw of the day – the saleroom half emptied after they were sold.”
Cotton, of West Auckland in County Durham, was executed on March 24, 1873, at Durham for the murder of her seven-year-old stepson, Charles.
Three other murder charges and an accusation of bigamy were left on file, and she is generally regarded to have murdered up to 22 of her children, husbands and lovers and even, possibly, her own mother.
More West Auckland News
- Visitor access to Hamsterley Forest boosted with bridge construction
- Former mayor vows to fight plans for new Shildon takeaway
- Royal Navy cadet from Bishop Auckland celebrates completion of training course
- Campaigners hope to boost business with Bishop Auckland bike ride
- Award success for Bishop Auckland stroke survivor who became an artist
- Business challenges offers students insight into world of work
- Forest to host Gruffalo anniversary celebration
- Charity swim across English Channel for Bishop Auckland woman
- Father and son given suspended prison sentences for pub toilet attack
- Visitors flock to Roman festival at "Pompeii of the North"
More Richmond & The Dales News
- Former Richmond care home with panoramic views to be developed after finally convincing a planning committee
- Dales cheese expert takes national honour
- Cycling superstar's bike comes under the hammer
- Fire crews deal with spate of field fires in dry conditions
- Long-standing head of history at Richmond secondary school
- Youngsters meet the artist after emulating his Tour de France-inspired painting
- Youngster designs badge to raise cash for military charities
- Renowned a cappella ensemble to plat Richmond church
- Avalanches turn rivers to colour of chocolate
- Giant Chinese vases expected to fetch £70,000
Comments are closed on this article.