9 Jan 2015

What is the Most Valuable Signed Book?

Fame and talent draw attention from people all over the world, and people often want a memento to connect to their favourite celebrity. Autographs of popular and acclaimed authors are bought by fans and collectors alike, and can sometimes rival memorabilia signed by other famous people. Over time, the demand for signed books has not faded, despite changes in print media and publishing, as you’ll see from the list below.

Valuable Signed Books

The Hunger Games Series

The beloved trilogy which has now become a multi-million dollar franchise and the author of these popular books, Suzanne Collins, is now a household name. Online vendors sell signed editions from $400 to $700 per book, and over time the value should hold steady or even increase.

The Harry Potter Series

A signed copy of this childhood favourite can be purchased at $1,875. While they aren’t particularly rare, the demand for signed books are high. One copy in particular was signed at Rowling’s first interview with a major newspaper outlet, the Daily Telegraph, and it originally sold for $23,900.

The World’s Best Spy

Ian Fleming’s Moonraker depicts a chapter of James Bond’s life later in the series. One first edition was signed to a fan in 1955 and recently sold for $50,400. Like the eponymous character himself, the now owner of the item enjoys the finer things in life.

The Fastest Growing Investment

Ulysses was published in 1922 and recently auctioned in 2009. This signed copy of a limited first edition commanded a sale price of $460,000, surpassing its listing by hundreds of thousands. Only two signed copies of the novel exist, and the other belongs to a museum for public exhibit.

Jane Austen’s Mirror Image

Jane Austen has been quoted with acknowledging the difficulty in liking the main character in Emma. Even so, a signed first edition signed to the woman who inspired the eponymous lead was sold in 2008 for $510,000.

Writings on the Poor

Charles Dickens portrayed working conditions and the lives of orphans, so it may seem surprising that his signed books would sell for so much. Nicholas Nickleby was sold for $158,500 in 2009, which is not as much as some of the older works on this list, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

The Detective Everyone Loves

A Study in Scarlet, signed and one of only 31 copies in the world, is valued at $784,000.

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