Collectible Books of Value

We have all heard news about books that have been sold for crazy amounts of money and you may even have one of these books on your shelf. 

Order of the Phoenix

JK Rowling became a success and by 2000 she was a star and her fame increased so it is understandable that having any signed copies of her books would be worth something.  First editions are usually always the most valuable but the fifth book in her Harry Potter series, Order of the Phoenix, was sold in 2007 for $7 657 and signed copies of her books can be found online for between $850 and $2 000.

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a highly acclaimed book and after being published in 2003 only a small print run was done.  There are very few first editions of the book around and so can be sold for quite a sum with a first edition being sold for around $3 000.  Other signed first editions are available online for up to $1 350, so if you win big playing at an online New Zealand casino, you could buy one for yourself.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code was a huge success and was released in 2003.  In May 2006 a first edition was sold for over $4 000, the same the year the film was released.  Brown did a book tour in 2017 for the first time since the release of the book; he did not make many public appearances and did not do many book signings.  Signed copies of his book are therefore not easily available and rare.  Signed first editions can be found for around $575.


Twilight was another success story and by 2005 it was an extremely popular read and sought after.  The author, Stephanie Meyer, was not a public person and did not do many book signings, thus signed copies of her books are not easily available.  The full series of the Twilight books, first editions, were sold for $4 000 with signed first editions going for $700.

The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi by author Yann Martel is a winner of the Man Booker Prize and one of the best books written in the last 20 years, and is a collectible of high value, if you have the Canadian edition, the Alfred A Knopf editions are the most valued editions for collectors and have been sold for around $4 000.

No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy was published in 2005 and was made into a film that was nominated for an Oscar, which made the book even more popular.  Signed copies of the first edition have been known to go for $1 000 and if you have one of the 75 first editions you may be able to sell them for up to $4 500.

The Lovely Bones

One of the most applauded books of this decade is The Lovely Bones written by Alice Sebold, which was published in 2002 and made into a film in 2009.  A copy of a signed first edition could be worth $575.

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