by Pamela Palmer

#101, 20 August 2007

BookThink's Top 10 Ten on eBay
May 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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Are the rich different? When it comes to eBay, they are. Many of the high-end books that hang out in the Antiquarian & Collectible category are featured in lavish auctions showcasing them in dozens of photographs. Classic works of the 15th or 16th century are more typical than limited editions by Stephen King.

This month, Top 10 on eBay expands to cover the top 5 in the Antiquarian & Collectible category. They aren't included in By The Numbers; you'll find them on page 3 of this article. As usual, live auction items are excluded.

In the Top 10 Fiction and Non-Fiction lists, May was a month of ties (10) and NARUs (5 with 2 by one "buyer").

Fiction Top 10
May 2007

#1 $2,400.00 Stephen King - Dark Tower IV - VII Signed Limited #642
#2 $2,214.89 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest KEN KESEY 1st/ 1st HC/DJ
#3 $1,700.00 LOT OF 5 Raymond Chandler 1st Editions, w/ dust jackets
#4 tie $1,600.00 The Dark Tower VII Stephen King
#4 tie $1,600.00 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: The Sirens of Titan
#4* tie $1,600.00 Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly first edition
#7 tie $1,500.00 Stephen King - Salem's Lot - Signed Limited #19
#7 tie $1,500,00 tie The Talisman and The Black House by Stephen King Set
#10 tie $1,380.55 Extremely Rare Dean Koontz Amber Gracie SHARE THE WARM

*Non-registered buyer so sale not completed and final value not validated.

The Dark Tower IV - VII
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Stephen King

Each of the 4 titles is a limited edition #642 published by Donald Grant, is in a slipcase, and is signed by both Stephen King and the artist. There are a total of 7 volumes with the last three in shrink wrap. Condition and slip case condition are described as very fine. Listed for 7 days with 5 photos by a US seller, the auction ended with 1 bid. The same seller sold #7 (1st listed among those tied for #7).

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey

Listed by a US seller for 10 days with 16 photos, the book is described as a "true first edition [in a] first issue jacket. Points are listed in detail, including 'that fool Red Cross woman' on page 9, lines 12-13." Described as "very good+/very good condition" with a good condition dust jacket in Mylar, the book attracted 6 bids and sold for $2,214.89.

Farewell My Lovely
The High Window
The Little Sister
The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler

A US seller with 6 feedbacks listed the 5-title lot for 7 days with 12 photos. 2 of the books are described as very good/good; 2 are very good/very good; and 1 is fine/near fine. Listed in a 7-day auction with 12 photos, they attracted 3 bids and sold for $1,700.

#4 tie
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
Stephen King

The Sirens of Titan
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly*
Harriet Beecher Stowe

In a 3-way tie, King and Vonnegut tied with an 1852 2-volume set by Harriet Beecher Stowe. King's Dark Tower was listed by an Australian seller and sold as a Best Offer. It's described as a very fine copy of the first trade edition with "an original, signed Remarque by Michael Whelan. Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan is a first hardcover edition with the original dust jacket. It was offered by a US seller and sold as a BIN. Uncle Tom's Cabin sold as a BIN to a buyer with 0 feedback who is no longer a registered user.

#7 tie
Salem's Lot
Stephen King

Heart-Shaped Box*
20th Century Ghosts

Joe Hill

The Talisman*
The Black House

Stephen King

Another 3-way tie is at #7. Salem's Lot is #19 of a limited edition of 300 signed copies. It was signed by both King and Jerry Uelsmann, bound in Japanese cloth and in a slipcase. The US seller listed it in a 7-day auction with 3 photos and points to the significance of the #19 for King fans. It sold with 1 bid. The same seller sold #1. Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts and Heart-Shaped Box in deluxe signed editions received 1 bid from a seller who is no longer a registered user. The same NARU repeated the offence with the duo by Stephen King.

Share the Warm Flesh
Amber Gracie, pseud. Dean Koontz

Called "extremely rare," the 1970 adult paperback is generally credited to Dean Koontz writing as Amber Gracie though he has not confirmed the pseudonym. The US seller listed it in a 7-day auction with 3 photos and describes the only flaw as the "tiniest amount of cover edge wear." After 10 bids, it sold for $1,380.55.


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