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AbeBooks sells rare copy of Das Kapital for $51,739 – November’s most expensive sales


November was an exceptionally healthy month for collectible book sales at AbeBooks. Top of the pile was a rare copy of Das Kapital by Karl Marx that sold for $51,739. That’s one of the most expensive sales to ever go through AbeBooks since we were founded in 1996. This sort of price is a fairly regular occurrence at auctions but $50,000+ is a huge sum for an Internet sale.

The first edition of Das Kapital came in three volumes published in 1867, 1885 and 1894. The last two volumes were published after Marx’s death in London in 1883.

The other major sales of November included a set of Aspen magazines for $22,915, a Dr. Seuss first edition for close to $10,000, a Penguin limited edition of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a signed deluxe edition of Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a signed Martin Luther King book and a letter (which can be read in full) from Virginia Woolf to Clive Bell, a fellow member of the Bloomsbury Group.

See the top 10 most expensive sales of November.

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