by Pamela Palmer

#111, 31 December 2007

BookThink's Top 10 Ten on eBay
September 2007

Top 10 on eBay

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Which fiction and non-fiction books are winners on eBay? Each month this series answers the question and, along the way, looks at the listing strategies sellers use to bring in big bucks. To learn more about what's in and what's out of the lists, read our Top 10 on eBay Parameters.

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September was a typical month in many ways - Rowling, King, The Hobbit, Alcoholics Anonymous. But strange things happened too. A non-fiction top ten auction disappeared from eBay after Freud's Sbornik Psychoanalytickych Praci sold with 36 bids. And then there was the Antiquarian & Collectible top 5 seller. After selling a Plath/Hughes signed book to a novice buyer, the seller changed names and went to private feedback.

Fiction Top 10
September 2007

#1 $5,100.00 JK Rowling Signed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
#2 $3,200.00 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowli...
#3 $1,395.00 Take My Face - Peter Held - Jack Vance - 1st NF Rare
#4 tie $1,300.00 Stephen King - Bundled First Editions - 1 Signed
#4 tie $1,300.00 Pebble in the Sky - Isaac Asimov...1st Edition ..Signed
#6 $927.45 FINE ltd 1st ed Sgnd by Faulkner Requeim for a Nun
#7 $910.00 The Regulators-Limited/Signed Edition by Stephen King
#8 $900.00 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole, 1st/1st
#9 $760.00 Dracula

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

The signed copy with a holographic sticker and accompanied by a letter from Rowling sold after 13 bids.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

This signed first edition sold sold as a BIN.

Take My Face
Peter Held

Written by Jack Vance under a pseudonym, the first edition hardcover has minor flaws and a near fine dust jacket. It received 9 bids.

#4 tie
Dead Zone
Secretary of Dreams.

Stephen King

In a lot that includes 4 first editions, the top 3 listed are described as very fine and the 4th is new.

#4 tie
Pebble in the Sky
Isaac Asimov

Described as "Asimov's first Science Fiction Novel, before he wrote his Ph.D. Dissertation.... This Book is in great Condition...." The 1950 book, signed by Asimov in 1980, comes in a mylar covered dust jacket with a chip and some cracks. It received 1 bid.

Requeim for a Nun
William Faulkner

22 bids took this signed first edition in fine condition to $927.45.

The Regulators
Stephen King

The signed limited edition book received 12 bids.

A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole

One of the 2500 copies printed in the first run, this copy and dust jacket have minor flaws.

Bram Stoker

Described as "very worn book, but inside pages are good," the 1897 copy received 11 bids.

The Colorado Kid
Stephen King

1 of 33 copies in a "traycased signed letter edition" sold as a BIN. It was signed by King, and "all other contributors ... except for Potter."