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( Victoria, BC – 12 April 2006) Check out that copy of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code on your bookshelf. First edition first printings are being offered for up to (US) $600 at AbeBooks.com along with a handful of signed versions priced from $1,000 to $4,000.
With the movie adaptation - starring Tom Hanks - to be premiered next month, original printings of the bestseller, recently released in paperback, are in demand. Originally sold for $24.95, a $600 copy of The Da Vinci Code represents a massive increase in value of 2300 per cent in just three years.
thousands of professional independent booksellers list their inventories on AbeBooks.com - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books – and many first printings of The Da Vinci Code are priced between $200 and $600 depending on condition. The book is now in its 104 th printing.
The most expensive Da Vinci Code listing is a pristine unread first printing signed and dated by Brown. It is being offered by Pages of Boston for $4,000 and includes a promotional postcard depicting the book cover. The second most expensive copy is being offered by Books Tell You Why in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, for $3,900.
One factor in defining collectible status is scarcity but, according to the publisher Random House, the book’s original print run for the 18 March 2003 first printing was 260,000. These first printings are the primary targets for collectors, but even later printings can command prices around $200 if they are signed or in exceptional condition.
Da Vinci Code fans can expect to pay more for signed editions - AbeBooks.com offers 9 signed copies priced at over $1000. Brown is not expected to conduct further book signing tours because the public demand would be overwhelming and this will maintain high prices for autographed versions.
“Anyone who bought a first printing for just $24.95 made a very sound investment,” said Lisa Stevens, VP of marketing at AbeBooks.com. “We suspect the forthcoming movie will create another wave of buyers looking for collectible copies so the demand could push prices higher.”
First editions of Brown’s earlier pre-Da Vinci Code books, Digital Fortress and Angels and Demons, are also being offered for four-figure prices at AbeBooks.com. Published before Brown found worldwide fame, their small print runs greatly enhance their collectible status.
AbeBooks.com has sold more copies of The Da Vinci Code than any other title since March 2003. Aside from collectible versions, there has been strong demand for cheaper used ‘reading’ copies because the soft-cover version was delayed for three years and only issued last month.