The most expensive Charles Dickens Book ever


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What is the most expensive Charles Dickens book in the world?


Charles Dickens is without a doubt one of the most highly-known and often-studied authors so it only makes sense that his works are among some of the most expensive, especially first editions. Previously the most expensive Charles Dickens book was A Christmas Carol, which sold in 1996 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for $160,000. However, there has been another Dickens book that has sold for even more than that just recently at a Christie’s auction held in New York.

The book that sold was Oliver Twist and the buyer shelled out a whopping $229,000 for it, making this first edition the most expensive Charles Dickens book ever. However, it wasn’t just the fact that it’s one of Dickens’ most famous books or even the fact that it’s a first edition that makes this particular copy so valuable. One of the most valuable features of this book is that it’s inscribed by Dickens himself to an old friend and fellow writer, William Ainsworth.

The other feature that makes this book so valuable is that originally belonged to the Kenyan Starling Library, which was owned by TV mogul William E. Self. This library was actually comprised of two different libraries – that of Self and his rival Starling, both of whom were trying to build the most expansive library ever. Upon his death, Starling left his entire collection to Self and this first edition of Oliver Twist was one of the many treasures in it.


Oliver Twist


The world's most expensive Charles Dickens Book ever

The most expensive Charles Dickens Book ever

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