Earning curve: Poetry

Ted Hughes' estate, value (at his death in 1998): £1.4m

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize for Literature ('95): £900k

Columbia University, sale of Allen Ginsberg's archive ('94): £600k

Winner, Griffin Poetry Prize (world's richest for a single vol): £49k

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, p.a. £5.7k and a butt of sack

John Keats, wealth at his death (1821) £0.

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