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LOTR No. 137 of 250 Copies Signed by ALAN LEE

LOTR No. 137 of 250 Copies Signed by ALAN LEE

Feb 8, 2011

If you don't already own this box-set, then you may well be interested in this eBay auction, no idea what the reserve is?

This is an edition of Alan Lee's signed deluxe 3 volume illustrated Lord of the Rings.

eBay Item #320653767546

Feb 8, 2011
I bid fairly high myself and other people must have bid higher than me and it still hasn't hit the reserve so who knows what they want for it. If it's at the price I think it is then there are several other copies at that price on david's site and tolkien library so I doubt it's going to be a steal for anyone.
Feb 8, 2011
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When I looked at the auction, I happened across another ebay Listing. This one is for the blue single volume signed/limited edition from 1991, but the seller claims it is signed by Rayner Unwin as well.

http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Lord-of-the-R ... kid%3D6948333564713804020

[Edit: added image of the Unwin/Lee signature bookplate added in to this copy.]




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Feb 8, 2011
yep I saw that as well, looks lovely, but I don't think I could justify that cost
Feb 8, 2011
A nice book indeed but overpriced i feel even with the signatures. The last uk version went for circa £400 and an american one under £300. I suspect this one will turn up at a large auction house with a large reserve
Feb 9, 2011
The book set now at £750 with 4 days remaining, making me ultra happy about my £600 price tag which I paid for a sealed set.
Feb 14, 2011
Hi Bruffyboy
Trust u are still happy. This set went unsold for £599.96 - guess someone withdrew their bid! thats ebay for you.

The all in one book didnt sell either and is readvertised. Still thing £800 is too much.
Feb 14, 2011
It amazes me that some people relist things for the same price week after week after week. Ok this has only been listed once before, but I've seen some stuff doing the rounds on eBay for months now.

I don't know what the fees are for somewhere like abe books where maybe you could just shove it on and hope somebody will eventually come along and pay xx price, but surely eBay fees will start to mount up...
Feb 14, 2011
Agree boneschops. You would think after 1-2 or maybe even 3 -4 weeks they would realise price just too high to sell. This being said i guess at 50p -£1 a go it is worth it on on items worth £100s - certainly a lot cheaper than auction houses at 15-20%. This is I suspect the factor which drives people in direction of ebay.
Feb 14, 2011
With regards to the one vol edition, I liked the book and would probably have bid but for the fact that it was a personal dedication rather than a flat sign which ruined it for me. Don't think I would ever have felt that the book belonged to me looking at the personal inscription.

The 3 Vol edition is (most of the time) my favourite edition of the lord of the rings.
Feb 14, 2011
Good point Remy and i know what you mean. I guess it means more to original owner. I havent got this all in one edition but have got the the 3 vol set which is fantastic. Maybe having both is greedy although once you have the bug you just have to have it ! ;)
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