$4,000 for The Da Vinci Code?

So a modern first edition of a global best-seller that had an initial print run of 260,000 shouldn’t be collectible? Think again - first printings of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code are being offered for up to $600 at AbeBooks.com, along with a handful of signed versions priced from $1,000 to $4,000. In fact, one of these just sold for a record price of $4,260 on AbeBooks. [Continued Below]

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Signed First Edition, 2003

First Edition. Doubleday New York, NY, U.S.A. Hardcover. Book condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. An unread copy of the year's bestseller. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication. Includes a promotional postcard depicting the book cover. $4,000

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Signed First Edition, 2003

Flawless first edition, first printing, number line 10987654321. Flat-signed on title page by author Dan Brown, in black ink. Condition: as new/as new. Flawless black hardboards with black cloth spine; gold printing; corners all sharp and square. Textblock clean, tight, square, unmarked, flawless. Glossy unclipped pictorial dj, original price on dj flap; absolutely flawless. $3,450

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First UK Edition

London, United Kingdom: Bantam Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FLAT-SIGNED BY DAN BROWN ON THE TITLE PAGE. Bantam Press, 2003 UK first edition, first printing. VERY SCARCE. Condition: near fine/near fine. Flawless black clothboards with gold printing on spine; corners sharp and square. $1450

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First US Edition

Hard Cover. Book Condition: Mint. Dust Jacket Condition: Mint. First Impression. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. A Mint copy of the 1st US printing and not a reprint or Book Club printing. True First with the price on the jacket and number line to one. "As New". No defects. No Inscriptions no clipping and no faults. A great investment $553

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With the movie adaptation - starring Tom Hanks - to be released on May 19, original printings of the book are in demand. Originally sold for $24.95, a $600 copy of The Da Vinci Code represents a massive increase in value of 2,300 per cent in just three years.

Many first printings of The Da Vinci Code are priced between $200 and $600, depending on condition. The book is now in its 104th printing, but two pristine signed copies are listed for $4,000 or more.

One factor in defining collectible status is scarcity, but the 260,000 print run means there should be plenty around. 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. 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.

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. Published before Brown found worldwide fame, their small print runs greatly enhance their collectible status.

AbeBooks 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.