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AbeBooks’ 10 most expensive sales of June 2011

June 2011 proved that he who controls the spice, controls the universe – our top sale was a signed, first edition copy of Frank Herbert’s magnum opus Dune which went for $7,500. The novel spawned a series of sequels all set on the desert world of Arrakis, the only source of the universe’s most valuable material: a melange called “spice” which is required for space travel.

This is the highest recorded price paid for a copy of the landmark novel on AbeBooks, but it is also the first time a first edition copy of this quality has been sold with a signature included. Herbert got the idea for the novel while visiting Florence, Oregon and the famous Oregon sand dunes.

The rest of June’s eclectic list includes French poetry, Portuguese photography, Italian philosophy, an alphabet of murder, and much more.

See the top 10 most expensive sales of 2011

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