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BookThink's Top 10 on eBay
November 2007

by Pamela Palmer

#116, 10 March 2008

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.

NOTE: For item numbers of auctions featured in Top 10, subscribe to our free email list by writing Editor Craig Stark at Fiction sales focused on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with a smattering of Faulkner, Puzo, Koontz, and King making up the remainder. Non-fiction, though, was diverse. An Easton Long Road to Freedom topped the list which included the Beatles and Chagall among others. The most interesting item(s) came in last. Seems the same copy of Atlas Shrugged managed to sell two days in a row. Both were sold by the same US seller as BINs with what appears to be the same photograph. And, of course, classifying Atlas Shrugged as non-fiction only adds to the interest.

In the run up to the holidays, November Antiquarian & Collectible sales were brisk. Three of the 5 top sales in the category were by Best Offers, still fairly unusual among the upper range there. The #1 item went for $4,000 shy of the $19,500 BIN price but perhaps that was due to it being "pick up" only in Switzerland. A Gent from Bear Creek and Peter Beard, Collector's Edition also sold as best offers.

Fiction Top 10
November 2007

#1 $2,325.00 Signed J.K. Rowling Harry Potter & the deathly hallows
#2 $2,000.00 JK Rowling and the Deathly Hallows (Authentic Signed)
#3 $1,224.00 1969's~The GODFATHER~Signed~TRUE FIRST PRINT~MARIO PUZO
#4 $1,000.00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows signed by Rowling
#5 $898.88 Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Signed by J.K. Rowling
#6 $823.00 WILLIAM FAULKNER, Mosquitoes, first edition, 1927
#7 $811.01 SARTORIS by William Faulkner, first edition, dj, 1929
#8 $810.00 Harry Potter Deathly Hallows signed JK Rowling
#9 $760.55 The Book Of Counted Sorrows Signed 1st Ed, Dean Koontz
#10 $760.00 Stephen King: CARRIE HC/DJ 1st/1st-Near Fine

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

Listed by a US seller, the book received 26 bids to close at $2,325.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

The second copy in the November Top 10, this one was listed by a Canadian seller and ended with a single bid. The seller had an astonishing 73.7% feedback (9 feedbacks).

The Godfather
Mario Puzo

The 1969 first printing is called "extremely rare" and received 28 bids. Items specifics shows it as a hardcover with jacket listed in the "Fraternal, Social Organizations" category.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
J.K. Rowling

The latest Harry Potter is the third of that title for the month. Listed by a US seller, it sold as a BIN.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

The fourth of the title received 8 bids.

William Faulkner

Listed by a US seller and described "in good condition with rubbing to extremities," the book was sold with a dust jacket described as "very poor, chipped, stained ...." It received 12 bids. The same seller sold #7.

William Faulkner

Another William Faulkner, this time Sartoris was sold by the seller of #6. It's a 1929 first edition in dust jacket. The book is described as in good condition and the dj is in very poor condition. It sold with 9 bids. The same seller sold #6.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

The fifth of the title sold after 2 bids.

The Book of Counted Sorrows
Dean Koontz

A signed first edition, this book received 3 bids to close at $760.55.

Stephen King

7 bids took this near-fine first edition, first printing of Carrie to $760.00.


Non-Fiction Top 10
November 2007

#1 $3,695.00 Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Signed Easton Press
#3 $1,575.50 Harlem as Seen by Hirshfeld Copywrite 1941
#4 $1,500.00 Hamburg Days: The Beatles
#5 $1,312.12 The American Monument by Lee Friedlander (1976)
#7 $1,124.06 Chagall Jerusalem Windows 1962 1st edition
#8 $999.99 Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman (1991)


Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela

The Easton Press leatherbound copy sold as a BIN.

A Guide Book to United States Coins
Richard S. Yoeman

Listed in like new condition, the 1987 signed limited "40th ANA" edition sold for $2,500.

Harlem as Seen by Hirshfeld
Al Hirshfeld and William Saroyan

One of 1000 copies printed, the book sold after 6 bids.

Hamburg Days
The Beatles

Selling as a BIN, copy #249 of #250 was signed by George Harrison.

The American Monument
Lee Friedlander

New in shrinkwrap, the 1976 first edition received 11 bids.

Boston Base Ball Club

Sold in a charity auction. the 1897 Red Sox book received 15 bids.

Jerusalem Windows
Marc Chagall

7 bids took this copy of Jerusalem Windows to $1,124.06.

Margin of Safety
Seth A. Klarman

Described as "in extremely good condition" with a "practically flawless" dust jacket, this copy sold as a BIN.

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand

Listed by a US seller, the book seems to have sold as a BIN for $900, but it also appears as #10 on this list.

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand

Though it appears to have sold for $950 as #9, the same US seller seems to have sold a book with an identical photo the next day for $950.

By the Numbers

10 sellers were from the USA
1 seller was from Canada
16 books were published during or after 1950
4 were published before 1950
7 sold as BIN
0 sold as a Best Offer
1 to 28 was the range of bids
Seller feedback ranged from 1 to 6589.*
14 books were sold by sellers with 100% positive feedback
Feedback ranged from 73.7% to 100% for sellers who had feedback
The oldest book was published in 1897.

*feedback is noted at the time the auction is viewed by BookThink.


Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
November 2007

#1 $15,000.00 1725 URANOMETRIA by BAYER Complete 51 MAPS!
#2 $10,124.53 a gent from bear creek
#3 $9,277.77 Bourges Medieval Manuscript, France, c. 1455-1475
#4 $9,200.00 Peter Beard Collector's Edition, "Fayel Tall" Print

Johannes Bayer

Called "one of the most influential star atlases!!scarce!," the 1725 work sold as a Best Offer for $15,000. It was listed by a Swiss seller.

A Gent from Bear Creek
Robert E. Howard

Listed by a Canadian seller, the 1965 first edition, first printing sold as a BIN.

Bourges Manuscript
France, c. 1455-75

A "132 leave, 264 page vellum" manuscript was listed by a US seller and garnered 5 bids before selling for $9,277.77.

Peter Beard
David Fahey, Owen Edwards, and Peter Beard

An unopened Taschen collector's edition, the book sold as a Best Offer.

1613 Early King James

Sold by a US seller, the 1613 Bible received 31 bids before selling for $8,825.

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