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Sign In Register « Previous « Previous Next » Next » View Gallery Published Date: 22 September 2009 By KARL MANSFIELD A RETIRED professor has become a "patron" for the original manuscript of Auld Lang Syne after paying £10,000.
However,the buyer will not be able to take home the work, written by RobertBurns in 1788. Instead, Professor David Purdie will be a patron for hislifetime of the manuscript, which will be kept in the new Robert BurnsBirthplace Museum in Ayrshire under the auspices of the National Trustfor Scotland.
Prof Purdie, 62, an Ayrshireman, said: "I havehad a lifelong interest in our emblematic poet and being able to helpsafeguard one of his most precious works is an absolute pleasure forme."
The unusual lot became available to mark the start ofBonhams' Scottish Sale in Edinburgh last month and as part of the NTS'sbid to raise £1 million during 2009 towards the creation of the newBurns museum.
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