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Aug 18
2021/8/18 23:36:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Demis wrote:

Stu wrote:

Urulókë wrote:

Demis wrote:

What is your expectation on price for the fellowship? Does anyone here have any references of similar sales lately? Thank you

It is near £4000 already with nine days to go. I hazard a guess it will reach ~£10,000 or so in this current hot market.

Pick a random number. It only takes two people who happen to want to fight it out to generate a very high price. The next week the price might be totally different. I would also guess 10K or more.

Thank you for your feedback guys. I got a deal with the buyer after all and bought it! Hence he finished the auction early..

Being a long term user of ebay (both to buy and sell items) I can agree that it is ‘anything goes’… I have found myself many times in the position to bid in good faith only for the buyer to end the auction early… hence when I really want something I tend to ask the seller if he would consider an offer. If he says yes, then he would consider an offer from anyone - so it might as well be me…

Congratulations on your purchase!
Aug 18 (edited)
2021/8/18 23:37:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ligandil wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The silmarillion -- [ Limited edition - ...
Tolkien, J. R. R. [ Christopher Tolkien, ed ]
30980682480
$950.00
Availability: OutOfStock

Every time one of these comes up for sale, I'm happily reminded of this crazy episode:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=2843&start=0

that was amusing to read! Now I understand where comments on that seller come from.

Also, I was pretty sure this particular book wouldn't be available for long. I know it's very scarce but it's still a lot of money .


OK, I'll admit to buying this. Arrived this morning, and is indeed "as new". I already have a copy (also as new), but I'll probably keep this one (instead) by virtue of it being a lower number. I only really bought it because (a) it was in NZ, and (b) I knew a Tolkien dealer/vulture would pounce on it if I didn't. I'm of the feeling that leaving obvious food on their table is not in my best interests.
Aug 19
2021/8/19 2:17:24 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: lataraoxalic
(1959)
Ended Aug 19, 2021
$249.00
[0 Bids]
Submitted by: Urulókë
Aug 19
2021/8/19 5:10:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The silmarillion -- [ Limited edition - ...
Tolkien, J. R. R. [ Christopher Tolkien, ed ]
30980682480
$950.00
Availability: OutOfStock

Every time one of these comes up for sale, I'm happily reminded of this crazy episode:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=2843&start=0

that was amusing to read! Now I understand where comments on that seller come from.

Also, I was pretty sure this particular book wouldn't be available for long. I know it's very scarce but it's still a lot of money .


OK, I'll admit to buying this. Arrived this morning, and is indeed "as new". I already have a copy (also as new), but I'll probably keep this one (instead) by virtue of it being a lower number. I only really bought it because (a) it was in NZ, and (b) I knew a Tolkien dealer/vulture would pounce on it if I didn't. I'm of the feeling that leaving obvious food on their table is not in my best interests.

Would you say this price was a bargain price, or an average price, or maybe something else? I wasn’t able to find recent eBay sales for a comparison.
Aug 19 (edited)
2021/8/19 5:23:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ligandil wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ligandil wrote:

Abebooks.com (affiliate)
The silmarillion -- [ Limited edition - ...
Tolkien, J. R. R. [ Christopher Tolkien, ed ]
30980682480
$950.00
Availability: OutOfStock

Every time one of these comes up for sale, I'm happily reminded of this crazy episode:

https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=2843&start=0

that was amusing to read! Now I understand where comments on that seller come from.

Also, I was pretty sure this particular book wouldn't be available for long. I know it's very scarce but it's still a lot of money .


OK, I'll admit to buying this. Arrived this morning, and is indeed "as new". I already have a copy (also as new), but I'll probably keep this one (instead) by virtue of it being a lower number. I only really bought it because (a) it was in NZ, and (b) I knew a Tolkien dealer/vulture would pounce on it if I didn't. I'm of the feeling that leaving obvious food on their table is not in my best interests.

Would you say this price was a bargain price, or an average price, or maybe something else? I wasn’t able to find recent eBay sales for a comparison.


Hard to say. I paid £590 a decade or so back for my previous copy. I guess taking UK inflation into account, this one was a little bit cheaper than that (£691 in today's money, which is about £552 in 2011 pounds).

They sell so infrequently that guessing the price is hard. The last one I saw sell was that nasty condition copy (https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/auctions/274737396442), which sold for $1,500 recently - but that doesn't tell us anything other than there was one person willing to pay a lot for a very poor copy. If I had to *guess*, I'd say it was probably a good price for the current market and I could make a few hundred dollars on it without much effort or risk. It was worth the punt because it was in NZ and the shipping was only $4 + no taxes to worry about.
Aug 19
2021/8/19 6:53:48 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Ex-lib, but might make a good reading copy or filler for someone who is trying to make a full set.

Seller: webuybooks
(1413891)
Ended Aug 19, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
£23.43
Submitted by: Stu
Aug 19
2021/8/19 7:01:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Would have bought it, if I wasn't on holidays...
I'm looking for this for centuries, less than £700 for a fine condition copy, that was a bargain for sure !
I'm ready for waiting another 5 years :)
Aug 19
2021/8/19 7:23:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

Ex-lib, but might make a good reading copy or filler for someone who is trying to make a full set.

Seller: webuybooks
(1413891)
Ended Aug 19, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
£23.43
Submitted by: Stu

FYI: Think the photo may be a stock photo and according to description no DJ (Dustjacket: False).
Aug 19
2021/8/19 7:32:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

remy wrote:

Stu wrote:

Ex-lib, but might make a good reading copy or filler for someone who is trying to make a full set.

Seller: webuybooks
(1413891)
Ended Aug 19, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
£23.43
Submitted by: Stu

FYI: Think the photo may be a stock photo and according to description no DJ (Dustjacket: False).


Ahh, good catch.
Aug 19
2021/8/19 7:38:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

Demis wrote:

Stu wrote:

Urulókë wrote:

Demis wrote:

What is your expectation on price for the fellowship? Does anyone here have any references of similar sales lately? Thank you

It is near £4000 already with nine days to go. I hazard a guess it will reach ~£10,000 or so in this current hot market.

Pick a random number. It only takes two people who happen to want to fight it out to generate a very high price. The next week the price might be totally different. I would also guess 10K or more.

Thank you for your feedback guys. I got a deal with the buyer after all and bought it! Hence he finished the auction early..

Being a long term user of ebay (both to buy and sell items) I can agree that it is ‘anything goes’… I have found myself many times in the position to bid in good faith only for the buyer to end the auction early… hence when I really want something I tend to ask the seller if he would consider an offer. If he says yes, then he would consider an offer from anyone - so it might as well be me…

Congratulations on your purchase!

Thank you 🙏
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