Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Dracula takes a big bite of cash: Over $63K.

At Bloomsbury's Books and Manuscripts auction on May 27th, a first edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula inscribed to the wife of William Schwenck Gilbert (as in Gilbert and Sullivan) went for approximately $63,637. In addition, a first-edition presentation copy of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine went for approximately $1,226, a 1902 edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles was sold for approximately $217, and—perhaps appropriately—a pirated edition of Oscar Wilde's Lord Arthur Savile's Crime reaped a mere $29.

About the image: Frank Langella as Dracula assures us he "love[s] New York. Especially in the evening." I Love New York ad campaign, ca. 1978.

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