Alice fails to sell

A few months ago, I learned from Fine Books & Collections that the auction house Christie’s was selling a copy of the first issue of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a stand-alone sale on June 16, 2016. They estimated it to sell for $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. The copy “is one of ten surviving copies still in original red cloth, only two of which are in private hands, the other described as “heavily worn.””

After the auction, I was excited to see what price the copy would realize, but a quick internet search did not yield any information. Even the Christie’s website was silent about what had happened.

It was only a few days ago that I learned from FB&C that (even though the bidding reached $1,800,000) the copy “failed to meet its reserve and did not sell.”

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3 thoughts on “Alice fails to sell”

    1. Sometimes it’s the author’s popularity that results in such high prices. A copy of the handmade edition of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” (written by J K Rowling in 2007, I think) was sold by Sotheby’s on December 13, 2007. One of only seven copies, it was expected to sell for around US$ 77,000. It sold for around US$ 3,000,000.

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