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What should I spend my £100 on- just for fun
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OK this is meant to be a bit of light-hearted fun, just to see the range of ideas that come up. I have around £100 to spend on my next Tolkien purchase. Imagine yourself without any of the books you own, and tell me what YOU think I should spend my £100 on.

Currently I am thinking a later edition of the 1969 deluxe bible paper LOTR and the 2004 deluxe Hobbit.

Posted on: 2010/9/4 9:07


Re: BBC Archive Video from 1968 - Tolkien in Oxford
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Trotter, which Tolkien interview does that BBC programme contain?


Both of these programmes are really "Tolkien in Oxford" from 1968,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/writers/12237.shtml

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Trotter, which Tolkien interview does that BBC programme contain?

Posted on: 2010/9/4 5:42


Re: A nice blog on collecting Tolkien books
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I suppose I should clarify what I mean about Tolkien books being a good investment: I am not buying these books for re-sale, and plan on keeping them forever. However, I also wont buy a book that I think is overpriced or lacks value. Somewhere in the back of my mind is a part of me which wont part with the money unless it seems (to me') like it's a reasonable price. My definition of reasonable price is basically buying slightly under the going Market price. So, you could say that most of my purchases to date are already good investments because I could sell them today for a small to moderate profit. I have, in fact, recently done this with one of the books on my blog- bought two and sold one for a 20% profit. I am not looking to make money out of my collection, but likewise I am not going to buy any books that I think are well overpriced.

Posted on: 2010/9/4 0:50


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Christina and I still keep an eye on eBay and very occasionally pick up an item (I just bought an out-of-print classical CD), but the climate of the site has changed, with proportionately many more professional sellers and straightforward commercial goods, which translates into fewer bargains and unusual lots, less fun for the buyer.

As for overpricing - my apologies to those who have heard me tell this story before - there was once a book dealer who had a large number of Tolkien items and priced most of them very high (relative to the time, some thirty years ago, though some of the prices would be high even today). Somehow we came to talk on the phone, and I let him know that all of the Tolkien collectors I knew, as well as my impecunious self, couldn't possibly afford most of what he was offering (I did buy a few things more reasonably priced). He replied that he was deliberately pushing the envelope on Tolkien prices, having bought high at auction and now priced high in his catalogue on the basis of the auction values, so as to make as much as he could - it was going to fund his childrens' education, he said - and he could wait until he got what he was asking. Well, although a handful of very well-heeled dealers have been able to do so, this one couldn't, or wouldn't, wait too long. Within a year or so, I believe, I saw the remaining stock offered at Sotheby's New York, and it sold at a relative loss.

Wayne

Posted on: 2010/9/3 16:56



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