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Interesting eBay Auctions

Interesting eBay Auctions

Mar 14, 2012

I am going to start putting interesting eBay auctions I run across (separate from the head scratching thread The Wonders of eBay ) that I think are interesting or worth a look. Feel free to add your own, or add commentary on anything posted here. I am not the seller or affiliated with any of these sellers, by default.
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Feb 11
https://www.ebay.com/itm/173152934406

1956 Hobbit inscribed in tengwar by Alan Garner to cousin and God-daughter, and dated in 1956. The inscription is intended to read: "To Brenda from Alan get well soon" (but Garner has left out the "et" of "get").

The seller notes:

"Tolkien expressed disapproval of Garner's first novel and Garner denies ever having read The Lord of the Rings, but the decision to present a copy of the Hobbit with an inscription written in Elvish to his cousin and God-Daughter suggests that Garner admired Tolkien and was at least potentially influenced by his work."

I have to say, that in 1956 the only way anyone could have made this inscription would have been to at least study the tengwar in The Lord of the Rings, so it seems unlikely indeed that Garner didn't read LotR (if in fact he made that claim).
Feb 25
Mar 1
Seller: ncpaper (5506)
Ended Feb 28, 2018
$137.50
[2 Bids]
wow almost a £100!
eBay Item #192462899042
Mar 1
Thanks laurel! That's an interesting little tidbit of ephemera. Not sure what drove it to that selling price (other than the obvious, two people wanted it).
Mar 9
Hi everyone,

To be honest I am the guilty one for such a high price of Tolkien Exeter SCR roster. Really wanted that item so decided to bid but unfortunately did not win the auction.

Cheers!
Mar 9
Seller: worldofrarebooks (86097)
Ended Mar 10, 2018
Buy-It-Now:
£21.71
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1955)

(How the heck do I attach an image to this post? There's no file option in the "Post Reply" field!)

(Oh, if I EDIT the post after I submit, I can then attach an image....)

eBay Item #382403756584

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Mar 9
[admin] Hey Aelfwine, you are correct - the "post reply" box at the bottom of the reading page is pretty limited. If you click on "Reply" on a given post, then you will be taken to the full editor with image attachment, etc. I should/will improve this in time...
Mar 9
Seller: sattlerbooks (785)
Ended Mar 13, 2018
$207.50
[8 Bids]
And to go with that 1955 edition above, here is a 1st /1st from 1925 I just saw on eBay:

eBay Item #253471686239
Mar 9
Seller: worldofrarebooks (86097)
Ended Mar 19, 2018
Buy-It-Now:
£17.99
Here's another copy, less desirable but very reasonably priced, from the same seller:

eBay Item #132532070677
Apr 13
Seller: famous_j_mortimer (317)
Ended Apr 20, 2018
$512.00
[18 Bids]
Not sure how rare these are or what a good asking price is...

Seems like a decent price for an Uncorrected Proof of The Silmarillion (Houghton Mifflin): eBay Item #162996045243
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