The Silmarillion
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Jun 10
2021/6/10 17:50:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think my main takeway is that I'll never own a book signed by Tolkien , although honestly that's not such a big deal. I would rather have a copy he owned, but that's even harder.
Jun 10
2021/6/10 18:22:53 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The market is extremely hot right now, definitely. Whether that's "permanent" or a temporary bubble remains to be seen, but I think it won't cool off until at least after the Amazon show influence wanes, at the very least.

The Hobbit price surprised me as well - evidently just being a Hobbit changed people's minds quite a bit, as other signed books in this auction didn't have a $13,000 boost in price just for being signed.

I think the lesser signed works ended about where I expected (Bombadil, FGoH, Tree and Leaf).

the Sir Gawain (unsigned) price seems extraordinarily high to me, but maybe I haven't been paying attention. The dustjacket is clearly most of the value, but I still thought that would land around $1000 or maybe $2000. It more than doubled my high guess.

The US signed Lord of the Rings set also doubled my personal guess. The condition of the books/dustjackets primarily was my guide, but I guess the scarcity of US signed editions won over in people's minds. I wouldn't be surprised to see these get "sophisticated" (a dealer taking the signed books and combining with nicer dustjackets from another set).
Jun 10
2021/6/10 19:30:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
What did the 'essays' go for?
Jun 10
2021/6/10 19:37:13 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

northman wrote:

What did the 'essays' go for?

Sold including Buyer's Premium : $562.50
Jun 12
2021/6/12 0:31:00 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thank you, Uruloke…excellent feedback.
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