Collectible Books

You’ve probably read articles about all those expensive and incredibly rare, collectible books, like the very covetable first edition of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, of which only seven gem-covered, leather-bound editions were made. So you probably don’t have a rare Harry Potter book sitting in your attic, but you might be astonished to know some books sitting on your shelves can be resold for somewhere around $300 to $10,000.

‘Harry Potter’ Book by J.K. Rowling – Any Posted 2000 Signed

J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was printed in the U.S. in 1998 and by 2000 she has become an international literary icon. As Rowling’s fame skyrocketed, her book tours became much shorter and spots in her signing lines became much harder to get into. So, it makes sense that any signed copy of Rowling’s books would be quite valuable. While a signed first edition is best, one of the fifth book in the series, Order of the Phoenix sold for $7,657 in ‘07 — autographed copies of many Harry Potter books are being sold on the site currently for anywhere from $850 to $2000.

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini – Signed 1st Edition

While The Kite Runner is now deemed one of the most highly acclaimed and beloved books of all time when it was first published in ‘03, it only had a little first printing. Because there are not a lot of first edition copies, they can be resold for a nice amount of money. The most expensive first edition was sold on AbeBooks for around $3,000 and signed first editions are now being sold on the site for $1,350.

The DaVinci Code’ by Dan Brown – Signed 1st Edition

Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code became a global phenomenon after it was released in ‘03. According to AbeBooks, a signed first edition was sold in May of 2006, the year the movie came out, for more than $4,000, the biggest amount ever paid for a copy of this bestselling thriller.