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Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley sells for £56,000


A copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, used by the judge who presided over the famous 1960 obscenity trial, has sold for more than £56,000 (about $71,500) at auction, reports the BBC.  Judge Laurence Byrne brought the copy of DH Lawrence’s novel into the courtroom each day. As everyone knows, Penguin, the book’s publisher, was found not guilty.

The judge’s wife Dorothy Byrne had read the book and indicated the sexually explicit passages to her husband who did not read the book. During the trial, Laurence Byrne famously asked whether the novel was “a book that you would… wish your wife or your servants to read.”

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