17 December 2008


Three books, eight to thirteen years old, previously read but not harshly, to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London for an estimated £1,500-2,000. These are the ordinary first-edition British hardcovers, not a special issue, not signed by the author--and not stickered with the Carnegie Medal.

That’s about a quarter the estimated cost of a Hugh Lofting drawing for The Story of Doctor Doolittle, and less than a twentieth the estimated cost of a Beatrix Potter sketch of Peter Rabbit, pre-publication. But imagine what these books could be worth in another hundred years.

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