Here's a list of the ten most expensive Booker books that AbeBooks has sold through its site. (Found via the Papercuts blog.)
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie $3,000 - Signed first edition.
- In A Free State by V.S. Naipaul - $2,560 - First edition, inscribed by the author
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - $1,800 - First Indian edition of 1997 winner
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel - $1,200 - Signed first Canadian edition, one of only 2,500 copies, of 2002 winner
- Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee - $1,150 - Coetzee’s two winning novels (1983 and 1999 respectively) sold together, both signed first editions.
- The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens - $637 - First edition of 1970 winner
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - $624 - Signed first U.K. edition of 1992 winner
- Possession by A.S. Byatt - $500 - Signed first edition of 1990 winner.
- The Gathering by Anne Enright - $500 - Signed first edition of last year’s winner
- Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally - $500 - Signed first edition in olive clamshell box of 1982 winner
I still feel really sick about my missing first edition copy of The English Patient lent to a "friend". Even though it wasn't signed it would be worth around US$300 now ... but the real value is sentimental.
Abebooks is also joining in the 40th anniversary celebrations of the prize by with a reader's poll where you can vote for your favourite Bookers.