Unfinished Tales Illustrated Edition
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Feb 9, 2020
2020/2/9 19:57:35 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

laurel wrote:
Hi
Worth a go but i think you will put people off it i am afraid
£500 or offers may get you somewhere maybe?
Hope helps

Yep, I'd agree with that. I wouldn't personally see it going for much more than £500 (but equally, who knows)?
Feb 9, 2020
2020/2/9 20:34:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I agree with the others. That seems a bit high especially since it doesn't contain the original dust jacket.
Feb 9, 2020
2020/2/9 20:36:45 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I'd probably say go with auction format as well. Otherwise, you end up with the situation like the recent 1942 A&U with jacket (which numerically speaking in terms of production numbers is rarer than the corresponding book club edition) , where the price keeps dropping and buyers just start to play the "how low will it go game".
Feb 11, 2020
2020/2/11 23:33:00 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Sold for £550 according to eBay, which sounds about right.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... Version&item=202901376284
Feb 12, 2020
2020/2/12 5:33:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Yeah a good sale
Feb 12, 2020
2020/2/12 8:03:33 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

laurel wrote:
Yeah a good sale

I hope so, it’s mine now
Feb 12, 2020
2020/2/12 8:58:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ithildin wrote:

laurel wrote:
Yeah a good sale

I hope so, it’s mine now

Nice one. That was bang on what it was worth, IMHO. I decided not to make an offer (partly because I have bought a couple of early Hobbits recently), but if I had, it would have been pretty much on the nose what you paid.
Feb 12, 2020
2020/2/12 10:13:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Unfortunately it’s not so easy getting reasonable prices, especially on eBay. I’m very pleased that this wasn’t so in this case.
Looking at the “Northern Venture” sale it seems to be as described...
Feb 12, 2020 (edited)
2020/2/12 19:27:29 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ithildin wrote:
Unfortunately it’s not so easy getting reasonable prices, especially on eBay. I’m very pleased that this wasn’t so in this case.
Looking at the “Northern Venture” sale it seems to be as described...

Unfortunately there are a degree of speculative sellers that have unreasonable price expectations and let things sit forever. I'm of the opinion that a '42 Hobbit, be it A&U or BC without a jacket in reasonable condition is a £500 item, but that doesn't stop them sitting for two or three times that on eBay and Abe for years.

Items like Northern Venture are hard to price, I think. Obviously very rare, but equally a minuscule market (probably in the single figures). It is worth what that minuscule market is willing to shell out.
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