The Most Expensive Signed Books Sold at Abebooks


Abebooks have posted a list of the most expensive signed books they have sold, including one signed first edition of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are (1963) which went for £25, 000.

Here are the other most expensive signed books, including two copies of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (1929), and books by Joyce, Fleming and Conrad, among others:

Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville - published by The Arion Press. This edition printed in 1981.
1. Moby-Dick or, The Whale
by Herman Melville
£18,535
Arion Press 1979 edition, signed by illustrator Barry Moser & includes 200 engravings and 10 drawings.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - $25,000
2= Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
£16,045
Published in 1963, this signed first edition came with its first state dust jacket in fine condition.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - $25,000
2= To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
£16,045
A signed first edition of Lee’s debut and only novel, signed “with best wishes Harper Lee”.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – $17,500
4. A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
£11,235
The limited edition of Hemingway’s second novel – one of 510 numbered copies signed by the author.
Les Horribles et Espovantables Faictz et Prouesses by François Rabelais - $17,000
5. Les Horribles et Espovantables Faictz et Prouesses
by François Rabelais
£10,915
Signed by the illustrator André Derain with 142 hand-painted woodcuts.

Set of Harry Potter Novels by J.K. Rowling - $16,219
6. Set of Harry Potter Novels
by J.K. Rowling
£10,415
Deluxe edition copies of the first six Potter books – all signed by Rowling.
Mime of Mick Nick and the Maggies. A Fragment by James Joyce - $15,000
7= Mime of Mick Nick and the Maggies. A Fragment
by James Joyce
£9,630
Complete with a fine condition dust jacket and signed by the author and his daughter Lucia.
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker - $15,000
7= The Hellbound Heart
by Clive Barker
£9,630
The original manuscript for Barker’s novella that inspired the Hellraiser films. Signed by Barker.
Francis Bacon by Michel Leiris - $15,000
7= Francis Bacon
by Michel Leiris
£9,630
First edition signed by Bacon.
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham - $14,500
10= The Day of the Triffids
by John Wyndham
£9,310
First impression of the first British edition published in 1951.

Dr. No by Ian Fleming - $14,500
10=Dr. No
by Ian Fleming
£9,310
Published in 1958 by Jonathan Cape, this true first edition was signed by Fleming.
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King - $14,000
12. The Dark Tower Series
by Stephen King
£8,990
First edition copies of all seven volumes of the series, signed and numbered in a slipcase.

13. The Works
by Joseph Conrad
£8,880
Published by Doubleday in 1920 over 24 volumes and signed by the author.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
£8,270
First edition signed by Rowling and cover artist Cliff Wright.
Relativity: The Special And General Theory by Albert Einstein – $12,500
15=Relativity: The Special And General Theory
by Albert Einstein
£8,030
First American edition from 1920. Translated by Robert W. Lawson. Signed “A. Einstein. 46.”

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama - $12,500
15= Dreams From My Father
by Barack Obama
£8,030
True first edition of this memoir signed by Obama on the title page.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick - $12,500
15= Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
£8,030
First edition of the book that inspired Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, published in 1968 and signed by Dick.
The Curse of Lono by Hunter S Thompson - $12,500
15=The Curse of Lono
by Hunter S Thompson
£8,030
Printer’s proof copy. Signed by Thompson, Steadman and also Kurt Vonnegut.
Set of Harry Potter Novels by J.K. Rowling - $11,791
19. Set of Harry Potter Novels
by J.K. Rowling
£7,570
Complete set of deluxe edition Harry Potter novels, signed by Rowling ‘To Hugh’.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - $11,000
20. A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
£7,060
1929 first edition, first printing of Hemingway’s classic signed by the author on a laid in signature.

I Me Mine by George Harrison - $10,897
21. I Me Mine
by George Harrison
£6,995
Genesis Publications first edition from 1980. Limited to 2000 leather-bound copies & signed by Harrison.
Sumo by Helmut Newton – $10,867
22. Sumo
by Helmut Newton
£6,975
Massive book of photography – one of 10,000 copies signed by Newton.
Die Zukunft Einer Illusion by Sigmund Freud - $10,625
23. Die Zukunft Einer Illusion
by Sigmund Freud
£6,820
Second German edition from 1928 and signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
40 Dessins de Picasso en Marge du Buffon by Pablo Picasso - $10,500
24. 40 Dessins de Picasso en Marge du Buffon
by Pablo Picasso
£6,740
This 1957 edition was limited to 226 copies (this is No. 148) and signed by Picasso in green crayon.
Marlborough: His Life and Times by Winston S. Churchill - $10,469
25. Marlborough: His Life and Times
by Winston S. Churchill
£6,720
Published between 1933-38, this signed set was limited to 155 copies (this being No. 111)

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery - $14,450
26. The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint Exupery
£9,275
This copy was #476 of 525 numbered copies signed by the author on the tipped-in limitation page.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - $9,762
27. Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
£6,265
A rare first edition from 1936 with Mitchell’s signature. The book has a unique ‘Southern Cross’ binding.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein – $9,730
28. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
by Robert Heinlein
£6,245
Signed by Heinlein above his name on title page and Virginia Heinlein signed below his name.
No Easy Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela - $9,500
29. No Easy Walk To Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
£6,100
Signed first edition of Mandela’s account of the battle against apartheid.
Flower is…. by Robert Frank
30. Flower is….
by Robert Frank
£5,775
Collection of 81 photos only published in Japan. Limited to 500 copies. Signed and dated by Frank.

 

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