Unemployed journalist Jack Brown (Richard Pryor) is attempting to make ends meet as the night janitor in a ritzy department store owned by Louisiana millionaire U. S. Bates (Jackie Gleason). On his annual visit to his father's store, Bates' pampered son, Eric (Scott Schwartz), is told he can choose one item in the toy department. To everyone's horror, he chooses Jack. Paid handsomely to spend one week with the troublesome kid, Jack soon discovers the roots of Eric's bad behavior. …
The total price including buyer's premium was €780,000 (£666,790).Charlotte Bronte captured by The Artist George Richmond
Kitty Wright, executive director of The Bronte Society , said: "We were determined to do everything we could to bring back this extraordinary 'little book' to the Bronte Parsonage Museum and now can't quite believe that it will in fact be Coming Home to where it was written 189 years ago.
"We have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people from all over The World backing our campaign and can't wait to have it in place with The Others and on public view to The World . "'An absolute highlight'
"Charlotte wrote this miniscule magazine for the Toy Soldiers she and her siblings played with and as we walk through the same rooms they did, it seems immensely fitting that it is Coming Home and we would like to say an enormous Thank You to everyone who made it possible. "
The Society said More Than 1,000 people had pledged money to help buy the book. Several celebrities, including Dame Judi Dench , Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Tracy Chevalier , backed The Society 's efforts to raise money.Dame Judi Dench led a campaign to raise funds for the book to be secured for the Bronte Parsonage Museum
York-born Dame Judi, who is president of the Bronte Society , said earlier this year: "I have long been fascinated by the little books created by the Brontes when they were children.
"These tiny manuscripts are like a magical doorway into The Imaginary worlds they inhabited, and also hint at their ambition to become published authors. "
Lhéritier Saw the potential financial rewards in rare works such as the Bronte book, so bought and filled his museum with them. His company was accused of selling shares in a Ponzi-style pyramid scheme, built on false advertising and illusionary market values.
About 18,000 people in France are believed to have been defrauded in what went on to become one of the biggest ever arts market scams, having invested nearly €1bn. The Company behind it was shut down by regulators in 2014.
According to The Art Newspaper, that should never have been sold and a criminal investigation is ongoing.
Lhéritier denies all accusations.
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