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Rare copy of Edgar Allan Poe's first book up for auction

BOSTON (WKOW) -- The first book written by Edgar Allan Poe will be up for auction Friday, and the rare copy is expected to sell for a record price.

Experts at Christie's in New York are calling the sale a "once-in-a-lifetime chance."  They predict it could drawn in bids between $500,000 and $700,000.

The 40-page collection of poems entitled "Tamerlane and Other Poems" was published in 1827.  Poe's name isn't even on the cover of the book, which was credited to "a Bostonian."

Poe had moved to Boston from Richmond, Virginia to launch his literary career and re-establish his roots in his birth-city.

There are only 12 copies left in known existence, and the one being sold belongs to a Hollywood television executive.

Online reporting by Thomas Strieker.

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