J.R.R Tolkien Rare Books And Memorabilia

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J.R.R Tolkien Rare Books And Memorabilia

J.R.R Tolkien Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the celebrated British fantasy novelist J.R.R Tolkien.

Brief history/biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, (also known as J. R. R. Tolkien) was born on January 3rd, 1892 and died on September 2nd, 1973.

Tolkien was a famous English fantasy writer, poet and university professor and is best known for penning The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Tolkien initially wrote The Hobbit for his children, and it was eventually published in 1937. Due to high demand and popularity, Tolkien then penned a sequel for The Hobbit, titled The Fellowship of the Ring, followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King, which were published as three separate volumes in 1954 and 1955, although originally the books were supposed to be released as one volume and split into three sections.

Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on March 28th, 1972. Tolkien was also ranked as sixth on "The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945" list by Time, and was also ranked as the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009 by Forbes Magazine.

Types of Jrr Tolkien Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a first edition copy of The Hobbit (1937) for $89,625 in December of 2002.

  • Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a first edition of three volumes of The Lord of the Rings which were signed by Tolkien for $90,000 in December of 2008, The Lord of the Rings trilogy including Tolkien's signature and autographed notes for $15,000 in December of 2008, and the first British edition copy of The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) for $10,000 in December of 2009.

  • Sotheby's in London sold a first edition copy of The Hobbit (1937) for £19,200 in July of 2005, and another first edition copy of the same title for £18,000 in December of 2004.

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a first edition copy of The Fellowship of the Ring (1954-1955) for £13,475 in July of 2001, and a first edition copy of The Hobbit (1937) for £11,400 in December of 2003.

  • Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold a first edition copy of The Hobbit (1937) for $11,000 in July of 2008,

  • Bloomsbury Auctions in London sold first editions of The Lord of the Rings' three volume series (1954-1955) for £11,000 in December of 2007.

  • Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, New York sold the first edition copies of the Lord of the Rings' series for $10,500 in March of 2006.

  • Christie's in London sold the first edition copies of The Lord of the Rings' series including a full-page folding map for £17,625 in December of 2002, first edition copies of the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy (1954-1955) for $152,500 in October of 2002, and another first edition copy of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (1954-1955) for $71,700 in May of 2002.

Documents

  • Sotheby's in London sold an autographed letter written by Tolkien to J.L. Curry critiquing Walt Disney for £17,500 in July of 2001.

  • Christie's in London sold various documents and letters written by Tolkien which discussed the production of The Lord of the Rings for £58,750 in November of 2001.

Artwork

  • Sotheby's in London sold a painting by German artist Josef Madlner which is said to be the inspiration for Tolkien's "Gandalf" character for £84,000 in July of 2005.

  • Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold illustrations which were drawn by Barbara Remington and used as the covers for The Lord of the Rings series for $30,000 in February of 2010.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of The Lord of the Rings' three volume series (1954-1955) are considered to be the most valuable and rare among collectors.

Memorabilia that was signed by Tolkien drives up the value of the item.

Restoration of a first edition copy of any of The Lord of the Rings trilogy books or The Hobbit is not recommended.

 

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