Lawrence of Arabia's motorcycle letters fetch 10k at auction

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London, December 1 : Letters penned by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence have fetched 10,000 pounds at an auction - nearly three times the expected estimate.

The Brit soldier, dubbed as Lawrence of Arabia for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt of 1916-18, is said to have expressed how his old motorcycle had been running "like a new one".

Lawrence, who had written the between April 1932 and November 1933 to an RAF flight sergeant, also mentioned his love for book collection and mentioned 1933 as a "vintage year for books", reports the Times Online.

The 46-year-old, who had been building rescue boats for the RAF and the Navy while being positioned on the Isle of Wight, had been fatally injured in a motorcycle accident near the cottage in Bovington.

The letters were sent under the hammer by Henry Aldridge and Sons of Devizes, Wiltshire after they had remained in the flight sergeant's family.

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