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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Recent amazing sales

From auction and elsewhere.

Copy of the Magna Carta, made 1297, signed by King Edward: $21,000,000, domain name: $9,500,000

Letter written by Abraham Lincoln, dated April 5, 1864: $3,400,000

Civil War surrender document, signed by Robert E. Lee: $537,750

American pilot chart book, 1794: $408,250

Two-page meditation on God by Albert Einstein: $405,000

Photographic volume of Michelangelo sculptures: $155,000

The Arctic Regions, by William Bradford, illustrated with 141 albumen prints, 1873: $144,000

First edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein: $122,000

Original drawing for Peanuts comic: $113,525

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, signed pre-publication copy, 1952: $96,000

Inquiry into Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith: $90,000

First Marvel comic, 1939: $89,625

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Lafayette: $84,000

Life of Napoleon (4 vv.), by William M. Sloane, 1896: $50,400

Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling (first edition): $33,460

The Heart of the Antarctic, by Ernest Shackleton (first edition), 1909: $31,200

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville (first edition), 1851: $17,925

Dracula, by Bram Stoker (first edition) 1897: $14,690

Voyage to the Pacific, by Capt. James Cook (first edition) 1784: $14,000

A cornflake shaped like the State of Illinois: $1,350


Vanda Symon said...

I'd say that last one might be a bad investment. I hope they don't eat into their capital.

Joan Druett said...