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BookThink's Top 10 on eBay
March 2011

by Pamela Palmer

#154, 4 April 2011

 
NOTE: Items numbers are now included in this article. They are in the individual auction comments section below the author and title. Click the links to see the listings.

NOTE: Items numbers are now included in this article. They are in the individual auction comments section below the author and title. Click the links to see the listings.

Stephen King dominated the Fiction Top 10 with 3 entries among titles by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, McCarthy, Koontz, Rand and Howard. The nonfiction list was populated by the mix of Warhol, the Bible, Jimmy Page, and Edward Lear with Picasso and George Harrison thrown in.

Tolkien held 2 places on the Antiquarian and Collectible list. The other spots were held by titles dating from 1476 to 1790.

eBay
Fiction Top 10
March 2011

#1 $5,800.00 ERNEST HEMINGWAY - SIGNED & LIMITED-"A FAREWELL TO ARMS"
#2 $2,225.00 Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy RARE ADVANCE PROOF
#3 $1,913.00 The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane - Robert E. Howard
#4 $1,750.00 Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 1957 first edition in NF DJ 1st
#5 $1,600.00 The Stand Stephen King Leather Bound Signed Ltd Edition
#6 $1,500.00 L. RON HUBBARD SIGNED SLAVES OF SLEEP IN WOOD CASE
#7 $1,225.00 Stephen King-LEGACIES-Signed Lettered Edition "Q" Wow!
#8 $1,200.00 The Dark Tower: by Stephen King (1982, Hardcover)
#9 $1,005.00 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 1st Edition
#10 $1,000.01 DEAN KOONTZ DRAGON TEARS UNIQUE UK SIGNED ILLUSTRATED

#1
A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
110662031267

The 1929 signed limited edition in very good condition sold as a Best Offer for $5,800. The 1929 signed limited edition is #9 of 510 copies. "The book WAS published originally in a rather cheaply made oddly decorated orange-patterned cardboard slipcase," removed due to damage. It was sold in a "custom-made leather clamshell box."

#2
Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy
170608110777

Described as a "near fine copy of the extremely scarce Uncorrected Proof," it was 1 of 5,000 published. It sold after a single bid.

#3
The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Robert E. Howard
150580037170


After attracting 6 bids, the "extremely rare leather edition limited to 50 copies" sold for $1,913.00.

#4
Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
280649265376

A 1957 1st edition with a first state jacket sold as a Best Offer.

#5
The Stand
Stephen King
280642188556

#429 of 1250, the limited edition was signed by both the author and the illustrator, Bernie Wrightson. The seller noted, "This is one sexy book!"

#6
Slaves of Sleep
L. Ron Hubbard
230562510400

Listed in like new condition, the signed copy of Slaves of Sleep was housed in a wood case.

#7
Legacies
Stephen King
130493264124

Published in 2010, the "signed lettered edition 'Q'" is 1 of 52 copies in a deluxe leather binding and is accompanied by a bonus - the advanced uncorrected proof.

#8
The Dark Tower
Stephen King
120698561807

Sold to benefit GlobalGiving, the deluxe edition sold for $1,200 after a single bid.

#9
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
110665280973

Listed in good condition, the 1925 1st edition sold as a Best Offer.

#10
Dragon Tears
Dean Koontz
360347923601

Listed by a UK seller, the 1993 signed 1st edition attracted 4 bids to sell for $1,000.01. The seller began the auction text with these words, "Before reading any further please scroll down to the postage costs - I do not want any arguments about this after the auction...." The book was a UK hardcover with a very fine dust jacket.

 

eBay
Non-Fiction Top 10
March 2011

#1 $2,000.00 ANDY WARHOL PHILOSOPHY FROM A TO B BIGNED W/DRAWING
#2 $1,895.00 BIBLIA SACRA DAT IS, DE GEHEELE HEYLIGE SCHRIFTURE, BEL
#3 tie $1,800.00 NEW Urban Studies - Paddison, Ronan (EDT)/Timberlak...
#3 tie $1,800.00 ANDY WARHOL PHILOSOPHY FROM A TO B BIGNED W/DRAWING
#5 $1,676.00 Fifty Years Adrift George Harrison signed BEATLES
#6 $1,600.00 JIMMY PAGE GENESIS PUBLICATIONS SIGNED COLLECTORS EDN.
#7 $1,495.00 EDWARD LEAR ON MY SHELVES
#8 $1,450.00 ROBERT HEINECKEN - ARE YOU REA PORTFOLIO - 1/500 SIGNED
#9 $1,301.00 Jimmy Page Genesis Book PLUS Led Zeppelin, Les Paul
#10 $1,260.00 Picasso Toreros with Four original Lithographs-1961

#1
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
(From A to B and Back Again)

Andy Warhol
200586683342

The New York seller either relisted this or listed another copy with an identical description (see #3). This listing ended with a Best Offer.

#2
Bible
Biblia Sacra Dat Is ...
130484096673

The c1646-57 volume with woodcuts by Christoffel Van Sichem and "over 1240 beautifully printed pictures and decorations" sold as a BIN.

#3 Tie
Urban Studies - Economy & Society: Collection
Ronan Pattison, Ed.
350358954740

The 8-volume set in brand new condition sold as a BIN for $1,800.

#3 tie
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
(From A to B and Back Again)

Andy Warhol
200589397658

Listed by the seller of #1 (and likely the same book), the signed like new volume sold for $1,800.

#5
Fifty Years Adrift
Derek Taylor
280647042704

From the deluxe edition of 2,000 copies, the book was signed by George Harrison and Derek Taylor. It was listed in brand new condition and sold after 3 bids.

#6
Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page
290544373125

Genesis Publications' signed and numbered collector's edition of Jimmy Page received 28 bids to sell for $1,600.

#7
Edward Lear on My Shelves
William B Osgood Field
350287703247

Sold as a BIN, the 1933 1st edition was described as "very good+ with no dust jacket." It was #27 of 155 copies and is the "indespensible bibliography of the great nonsense poet."

#8
Are You REA?
Robert Heinecken
200590264340

The 1968 self-published 1st edition was #90 of 500 copies and was numbered and signed by the author. It is described as a "portfolio of 24 photolithographic individual plates." It sold for $1,450 after a single bid.

#9
Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page
160554883125

Another copy of Jimmy Page was #853 of 2,500 copies in limited edition signed by Page. Unlike #6 in the non-fiction list, it is not the deluxe edition. After 9 bids, it sold for $1,301.

#10
Picasso
Toreros with Four Original Lithographs

Pablo Picasso
190507032970

Copy #725 in excellent condition sold for $1,038 after 16 bids.

 

eBay
Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5
March 2011

#1 $31,201.00 1476 RARE EARLY ILLUMINATED INCUNABLE OF THE --PISANELLA--
#2 $15,030.70 1790 JOHN WHITE: JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO NEW SOUTH WALES
#3 $11,999.00 First Edition. British. The Lord of the Rings... RARE!
#4 $10,820.93 The Hobbit 1st / 1st 1937 with signed Tolkien bookplate
#5 $10,075.00 1519 BIBLE Illustrated Latin Vulgate P-INCUNABLE GIUNTA

#1
Supplesmentun Summae Pisanellae

330531318017

Coming in at #1, the 1476 "most important dictionary of sins" received 43 bids to sell for $31,201. Listed by an Italian seller, it was described as "an outstanding illuminated and entirely decorated copy."

#2
Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales
with Sixty-Five Plates of Nondescript Animal Serpents,
Curious Cones and Treesand Other Natural Products

John White
200476072928

Listed by an Australian seller, the 1790 1st edition "with hand coloured plates" sold as a BIN.

#3
Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring
Two Towers
The Return of the Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien
320557577733

Described by the US seller as "the true First British Edition published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd in London." It sold as a BIN.

#4
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
150572202486

Another Tolkien sale came in at #4. This time it was a 1st edition of The Hobbit with a signed bookplate. The UK seller made an interesting offer. After noting that it was not unusual for collectors to buy the 1st edition without a dust jacket, he/she asked those interested in acquiring only the dust jacket and tipped in signature for 4500 to "register interest." The book sold as a BIN for 6,750 or $10,820.93.

#5
Bible
1519 printed by Luca-Antonio Giunta
300531791425

The "complete example of this scarce and profusely illustrated post-incunabule edition of the Vulgate Bible" attracted 49 bids before selling for $10,075.

 

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