by Pamela Palmer

#117, 24 March 2008

BookThink's Top 10 Ten on eBay
December 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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Stephen King showed up four times in the Fiction Top 10, along with Poe, Dick, and Grisham. But Marquez led the list with a $4,000 sale of Cien Anos De Soledad. On the non-fiction side, the list started with a signed copy of A River Runs Through It and ended with a Ron Paul title sold to gather funds for his presidential campaign. In between there were the familiar (Narcotics Anonymous, Picasso, Klein's New York, and A Margin of Safety) and the unusual (a pair of early airplace books and Peter Zumthor Works).

The biggest news, though, isn't about price or frequency. Fully half of top 10 listings sold as Best Offer or Buy It Now, hinting that the upper price ranges may be moving away from auction sales. Whether this is a trend or a Christmas fluke will become apparent in the next months.

Fiction Top 10
December 2007

#2 $1,800.00 Stephen King - The Stand - Signed Limited #122
#3 $1,499.99 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?-Philip K.Dick
#5 $1,150.00 Stephen King Salem's Lot Signed Limited Centipede Press
#6 $1,080.00 Harry Potter Azkaban L,1999 UK 1st/1st Orig bds,d/j
#7 $1,075.00 Legends 1 & 2 SIGNED Limited & Numbered 1st Editions
#8 $1,000.00 A Time to Kill TRUE First 1st Edition John Grisham N/R
#10 $900.00 Stephen King Colorado Kid 10/33 copies SIGNED by KING

Cien Anos de Soledad
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Best Offer ended this "very fine" 1st edition listing by a US seller.

The Stand
Stephen King

The leather bound signed limited edition is described as in fine condition in a near fine wooden traycase. It sold as a BIN.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick

This 1st edition, ex-library copy has a history. As the US seller wrote, "... a book collector stole 63 valuable first edition books from the Mufreesboro public library in Tennessee.... The library got their books back and decided to put them on ebay instead on back on the shelves." As winner of the auction for this book, the seller was sent the evidence property tag too and included it in this listing.

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West.
Cormac McCarthy

In excellent condition and unread, this 1st edition was sold by the original owner for $1,458.33. It received 33 bids.

Salem's Lot
Stephen King

A signed, limited edition in mint condition, this is #256 of 300 copies.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling

The 1st edition was only opened to make photographs. After 10 bids, it some for $1,080.

Legends [I]
Legends II
Robert Silverberg and others

Both volumes are described as in "fine unread condition" in their slipcases. Legends [I] includes the original shipping box from the publisher; it was signed by 11 of the authors (King, Jordan, McCaffrey, etc.) and is #92 of 200 in the limited edition. Legends II is #35 of 500 in the limited edition and was signed by 11 of the authors.

A Time to Kill
John Grisham

Sold with a single bid, this 1st edition was listed by a US seller.

Murders in the Rue Morgue
Edgar Allan Poe

Ten bound issues of Graham's Magazine starting with March 1841 are described as "Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown morocco gilt, contemporary boards, raised bands." The volume includes Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "A Descent into the Maelstrom," (3) The Island of the Fay, and "Never Bet Your Head." It sold as a BIN.

Colorado Kid
Stephen King

Leather bound and "as new," this is a "1st edition hardcover of a paperback." It sold as a BIN.