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BookThink's Top 10 on eBay - January 2006

Non-Fiction Top Ten
January 2006

#1 $3,383.34 Helmut Newton's Sumo by Helmut Newton (2000)
#2 $2,743.04 Long Walk to Freedom - N Mandela, SIGNED Deluxe Edition
#3 $2,014.00 1938 "COLLECTING GOLF BOOKS - 1743 - 1938" HC, DJ
#4 $2,000.00 Long Walk to Freedom-SIGNED DELUXE EDITION
#5 $1,995.00 Wordsworth's Poetical Works - Authentic 1837 Signed !!!
#6 $1691.00 Foto-Auge 1929 ( 1st edition) not the later reprint
#7 $1,631.00 Narcotics Anonymous Red First Edition #1742 Pub 1982
#8 $1,541.40 CHAGALL by Jacques Lassaigne
#9 tie $1,525.00 Narcotics Anonymous : approved literature by Narcoti...
#9 tie $1,525.00 Sinn Fein Book Signed by Gerry Adams, Ireland Irish

by Helmut Newton

After the novice US seller launched this auction with minimal verbiage, he spent time answering questions. "How used is this book," one person asked. "It has been on display in my house for 12 months, looked through by myself and some houseguests. That's all. It is effectively, as new..." Asked what he meant about the book being in excellent condition with a brand-new cover, he answered that "I have a New slip cover from Taschen ...." The 5-day auction with 4 photographs attracted 11 bids, raising it from the $2100 starting bid to sell for $3,383.34.

Long Walk To Freedom
by Nelson Mandela

Selling for $2,743.04, this is a hand-signed, leather-bound volume in a slipcase. It is number 151 of the limited edition of 250. Described by the UK seller as unread, the book is shown in 2 photographs. Listed for 10 days, the auction started GBP 1250 and after 4 bids ended at $2743.04.

Collecting Golf Books, 1743 - 1938
by Cecil Hopkinson

Described as "Terrific high-grade 56-page hardcover book from 1938...," the book with dust jacket sold for $2014. Listed by US seller in a 10-day auction with 2 photographs, it attracted 30 bids that raised it from its starting price of $.99.

Long Walk To Freedom
by Nelson Mandela

Another novice seller did well with a first auction. This UK seller used a 10-day auction with 1 photograph. The book is described as, "a leather bound collector's edition ... signed by the author Nelson Mandela." Ornately decorated with 22kt gold accents, the book attracted 1 bid and sold for its starting price of $2000.

Wordsworth's Poetical Works
by William Wordsworth

Signed by the editor, Henry Reed, this leather-bound book is described as being in very good condition. The sole flaw listed is slight water damage on the edge of 5 pages of this 1837 book. The US seller listed it for 10 days with a starting bid of $1995; it received 1 bid to sell at its starting price.


This 1929 Japanese block book is the first edition and not the later reprint. Described as an "extremely good and clean copy," there is a small crack in the cover with slight discoloration. Three photographs illustrate the auction. The Netherlands seller opened the 7-day auction at $1. After 24 bids, it sold for $1691.

Narcotics Anonymous

Published in 1982, this red first edition copy is #1742 of 2000. The pages are described as in like new condition; the only flaw mentioned is a slight binding crease. Listed by a US seller, the 5-day auction with 2 photographs started it $1500 and, after 5 bids, ended at $1631.

by Jacques Lassaigne

The 1957 first edition with a glassine dust jacket was published in Paris by Maeght Editeur. Described as in excellent condition, the only flaw is a 1" tear in the dust jacket. The UK seller listed it in a 7-day auction with 3 photographs. Fourteen bids took it from a starting bid of GBP 199 to the selling price of $1,541.40.

#9 tie
Narcotics Anonymous

Flaws in this red first edition include a cover crease and 2 stickers inside. One is a smiley face and the other is a teddy bear. This is number 1605 of 2000 printed. Listed in a 7-day auction with reserve, the auction attracted 5 bids. The starting price was $1400, and the book sold for $1525.

#9 tie
Sinn Féin

Offered for sale by the Sinn Féin book shop, this heavily autographed copy was 1 of 5 signed at the organization's centenary dinner. The book itself is a history of the group, and the 14 signing include current leaders, such as Gerry Adams, Bik McFarlane, and Martin Meehan. Listed from Ireland for 10 days, the auction received 52 bids, taking it from the $100 starting bid to a $1525 selling price.

By the Numbers

10 of the sellers were from the UK
8 of the sellers were from the US
1 seller was from Ireland
1 seller was from the Netherlands
1 seller sold 2 books, both Northern Lights
14 sellers has 100% feedback
1 seller had 99.2 feedback, the lowest percentage
3 sellers had 1 feedback - 2 of them had only buyer feedback
8 were listed for 10 days
6 were listed for 7 days
3 were listed for 5 days
1 were listed for 3 days
1 was listed for 1 day
1 sold as BIN purchases
3 used reserves
1 to 52 was the range of bids
5 auctions had 1 bid
1 was an auction for Sinn Féin
15 books were published in 1950 or after
1837 was the earliest date of publication

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