Two silver buttons belonging to Alice Pleasance Liddell (1852-1934) who inspired Lewis Carroll to write “Alice in Wonderland” come up at Sotheby’s sale of English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations in London on July 14. Estimated at £2,000-3,000, the pair of cherub-shaped art nouveau buttons were “worn from childhood to the date of her death”, according to the inscription on the presentation box accompanying them.
In 1862, an Oxford don, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll’s real name), took the three daughters of the Dean of Christ Church college Oxford, including his young friend Alice, on a picnic. When the girls cried out for Carroll to tell them a story, he complied by beginning a tale about Alice’s adventures down a rabbit hole. And thus, two of the great children’s classics of all time were born: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.