Most Collectible Books of the Decade
AbeBooks has compiled a list of the most collectible books published between 2000 and 2009. These hyper-modern books became collectible in a hurry.
1 The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The original edition – there are only seven handmade copies. Our sister company, Amazon, purchased the only one available for £1,950,000 in a charity auction in 2007. Bound in brown Moroccan leather, the books are embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. AbeBooks sold a signed collector’s edition (limited to 100 copies) for $6,000.
2 Peter Beard Art Edition by Peter Beard
Published by Taschen in 2006, the Art Edition of this famous photographer’s work was limited to 2250 signed and numbered copies. The most expensive copy sold by AbeBooks went for $10,808. One of the most lavish books ever printed.
3 Any post-2000 Harry Potter book signed by J.K. Rowling.
In 2000, J.K. Rowling changed from an up-and-coming author into a worldwide literary superstar. As her fame grew, her book tours became shorter. Today, any book signed by Rowling has instant value. A signed first edition of Order of the Phoenix sold for $7,657 on AbeBooks in 2007.
4 Any of Dean Koontz’s Odd Series if signed & lettered
Koontz published Odd Thomas in 2003 and has added three more to this series. Charnel House has produced a limited edition of each novel (signed and lettered) and these are highly desirable. AbeBooks sold a copy of Forever Odd, signed and lettered, for $4,550.
5 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
This novel was in its 104th printing when AbeBooks sold a signed first edition for $4,260 in May 2006 as the movie version was being released – it was the highest price ever paid for a copy of this bestselling thriller. Signed copies are treasured as Brown’s touring days are over.
6 No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Published in 2005, this is a novel about a drug deal in the desert and it was quickly turned into an excellent movie. Signed first editions sell for around $800 to $1,000. A numbered deluxe edition, limited to 75 copies, sold for $4,500 on AbeBooks.
7 Antarctica by Pat & Rosemarie Keough
An incredible photography book published in 2007, this huge book weighs 27 pounds and was limited to 950 leather-bound copies. It was part of an effort to raise money to prevent the extinction of the albatross. The most expensive copy sold by AbeBooks went for $4,000.
8 Devil May Care (Bentley edition) by Sebastian Faulks
Writing as Ian Fleming, Faulks breathed new life into the James Bond franchise in 2008. Doubleday produced these leather-bound beauties complete with a scale model of a Bentley on the cover. Only 300 copies were printed worldwide. AbeBooks has sold a boxed limited edition (not the Bentley) copy, one of only 500, for $870.
9 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Published in 2001, the Canadian Alfred A Knopf editions are ones that matter. This novel won the 2002 Man Booker Prize and achieved a remarkable combination of global popularity and critical acclaim. Most expensive copy sold by AbeBooks went for $3,720.
10 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Who needs reviews and critical acclaim when word of mouth can deliver bestseller status? Published in 2003 with a small initial print run, first editions are treasured by fans of Hosseini’s writing. The most expensive copy sold by AbeBooks was snapped up for $2,750.
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