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( Victoria, BC – 11 May 2006) With the movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code to be released worldwide on May 19, AbeBooks.com has sold a signed edition of Dan Brown’s bestseller for (US) $4,260 and it is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a single copy of the book.
The book, a first printing, originally cost $24.95 when it was published in March 2003. The Da Vinci Code is now in its 104th printing. Booksellers on AbeBooks.com are currently offering unsigned copies for up to $600 and autographed editions start at around $1000 - depending on condition.
AbeBooks.com - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books -has seen prices for collectible copies of The Da Vinci Code rise sharply in the past three months.
Signed copies are scarce, but the publicity surrounding Brown’s courtroom victory against plagiarism charges, the release of the paperback version and the forthcoming movie adaptation have also helped to boost prices.
Brown is not expected to conduct further book signing tours because the public demand would be overwhelming so this will help maintain high prices for autographed versions. According to the publisher Random House, the book’s original print run in March 2003 was 260,000.
“Prices could still rise higher once the movie is released,” said Lisa Stevens, VP of marketing at AbeBooks.com, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in June. “The Da Vinci Code is much more than just another bestseller. Signed copies are now seriously collectible because there aren’t many around and Dan Brown is unlikely to sign any more.”