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A last-minute bidding war has pushed the sale of a copy of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit to $2200.
The hardcover copy, signed by the big names in The Hobbit movie adaptations, was listed on Trade Me with a $500 reserve, with all proceeds going to Berhampore Kindergarten.
Parent committee member Rachael Bremner said it was originally hoped the auction would reach $1000.
Earlier this morning bidding was at $1252, but a flurry of bidding quickly raised the sale price to $2200 when bidding closed at 10.34am.
Ms Bremner said the end price was ''fantastic''.
''They will be putting it to good use.''
The money raised would go towards planter boxes at the kindergarten and educational books and games.
One of the kindergarten children's parents, with connections inside the film, got several of the big names to sign the book.
The book has been signed by Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, and all 13 dwarfs.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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