Top 10: Children’s books



2015-06-26 10:27:55

10) All Sorts of Sports by Dr Seuss, $34,004 (£21,523)

Unpublished, unfinished manuscript of Dr Seuss entitled ‘All Sorts of Sports’ (1969), sold for $32,004 in October 2010 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

9) Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie, $42,000 (£25,825)

Barrie’s classic Neverland Adventure Peter and Wendy (also known as Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up), first edition in novel form (1911), inscribed presentation copy sold for $42,000 at Christie’s in June 2005.

8) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, £30,000 ($47,100)

A first edition, presentation copy of C. S. Lewis’s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), with a particularly rare signature from Lewis calling himself ‘Jack’, sold at Bloomsbury Auctions for £30,000 in July 2012.

7) The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, £39,000 ($63,416)

First edition of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows (1908) with original dust jacket, sold for £39,000 at Sotheby’s in November 1998. ### 6) The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, $89,625 (£55,109)

First edition of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit (1937) with original dust jacket, sold for $89,625 by Sotheby’s in December 2002.


5) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, $152,500 (£93,770)

Scarce inscribed presentation copy of the first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), sold for $152,500 in October 2002 at Christie’s.

4) Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, £100,150 ($157,907)

First edition copy of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926), sold for £100,150 in December 2002 at Sotheby’s.


3) The Rabbits’ Christmas Party: The Arrival by Beatrix Potter, £121,250 ($197,160)

First edition copy of The Rabbits’ Christmas Party (1909) by Beatrix Potter, sold for £121,250 in July 2008 at Sotheby’s. In addition, Potter’s personal signed copy and first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) with 41 illustrations by Potter was sold by Christie’s for $95,600 in December 2004.

2) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, $1,542,500 (£937,392)

Rare suppressed first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a Lewis Carroll, a working copy with Carroll’s annotations, with 10 original preliminary drawings by John Tenniel included. Sold for $1,542,500 in December 1998 at Christie’s.

1) The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling, £3.98m ($6.47m)

One of seven known handmade copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, handwritten and illustrated by J. K. Rowling, realised £3.98m at Sotheby’s in November 2007. In May 2007, Bloomsbury Auctions sold a signed and inscribed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for £27,370.


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