The Booker prize is awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of either the Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland.

Here is a list of the twenty most expensive Booker Prize sales on AbeBooks.com (only the most expensive sale for each entry was recorded). View the list of past winners.

1. Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie

Signed first edition.

Sold for $3,000

2. Free State

V.S. Naipaul

First edition, Inscribed by V.S. Naipaul on title page: "V.S. Naipaul / To Laurence and Suzanne / Prague, 9th may 1990."

Sold for $2,561

3. The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

First India Edition, First Printing with the full number sequence 135798642

Sold for $1,800

4. Life of Pi

Yann Martel

True first Canadian edition, first printing. Signed by author. (one of only 2500 first printings)

Sold for $1,200

5. Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace

J.M. Coetzee

Michael K is first Rayan Press edition, Disgrace is first edition. Both books signed by Coetzee

Sold for $1,150

6. The Elected Member

Bernice Rubens

A very nice condition copy of this ultra rare first edition. Hardback with DW.

Sold for $637

7. The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

First UK edition, which pre-dates US and Canadian editions. Signed by author.

Sold for $624

8. Possession

A.S. Byatt

First Edition is not stated on copyright page. Signed on title page; provenance included.

Sold for $500

9. The Gathering

Anne Enright

First Edition/First Printing, unread copy. Signed by the author on the title page.

Sold for $500

10. Schindler’s Ark

Thomas Keneally

First UK Edition. Signed and dated by author. The book is protected in an olive clamshell box.

Sold for $500

11. The History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey

First Edition. Signed by Author on title page.

Sold for $457

12. Saville

David Storey

Signed by Author, First edition first impression.

Sold for $420

13. The Conservationist

Nadine Gordimer

First Edition. Signed by the author.

Sold for $400

14. Vernon God Little

D.B.C. Pierre (aka - Finlay, Peter)

First edition, first printing. Signed by the author to title-page

Sold for $359

15. The Line of Beauty

Alan Hollinghurst

Signed First UK edition. Signed by Alan Hollinghurst on the title page.

Sold for $329

16. Heat and Dust

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

First UK Edition in near fine condition, signed by author.

Sold for $300

17. Sacred Hunger

Barry Unsworth

First edition, hardbound issue.

Sold for $250

18. The Siege of Krishnapur

J.G. Farrell

A Fine hardback First Edition.

Sold for $250

19. The Bone People

Keri Hulme

Fine. First American Edition. Signed by Author. Inscribed, in Maori, by Hulme to Bill and Sonja Smith on front free endpaper

Sold for $225

20. The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood

A very fine, unread copy of the first edition. First printing. Inscribed by Atwood with the books opening sentence

Sold for $190