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Dahl Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Literary characters of childhood fill a landscape of memories for most people. Among these cherished personalities lies the incredulous Willy Wonka of Roald Dahl’s confectionery world in his book debut in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. What began as an inspiration from his own childhood, Dahl transformed an experience of trial tasting chocolate bars into one of the world’s most beloved books about a candy inventor which later evolved into two very successful and beloved movies. Dahl’s first editions (American and British) offer two playful and attractive dust jackets. The red-cloth American edition illustrated by Joseph Schindelman and published by Alfred A. Knopf (New York) in 1964 tickles the visual taste buds with its unwrapped chocolate bar on the front cover of the dust jacket and a sketching of tantalizing posters advertising Wonka’s wares on the back of the jacket. The original jacket also presents a 6-line colophon (this was later revised to 5 lines). The British version illustrated by Faith Jaques and published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd. (London 1967) presents a color pictorial of Charlie inside the wondrous factory with his guide, Wonka. The 162-page 1st edition adventure into optimism is accessible in the $100 range when the condition claims damage and wear, but for superior condition copies and a rare Roald Dahl autograph it can command as much as $11,000.

We collected a sample of 29 auction results of Dahl, Roald's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $60 and the highest overall price realized was $11250. The overall average price was $1817 and the median price realized for the book was $1020. There were 13 auctions (59%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 4 auctions (18%) exceeding the high estimates, and 5 auctions (23%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a PBA sale on July 27, 2017 of a 1964 - Knopf edition for $1560 that described as "near fine in very good jacket"; a Swann sale on November 10, 2016 of a 1964 - Knopf edition for $3250 that first issue; a PBA sale on May 10, 2012 of a 1964 - Knopf edition for $1560 that described as "very good"; a Bonhams sale on October 04, 2010 of a 1964 - Knopf edition for $1708 that first issue; a Swann sale on April 24, 2008 of a 1964 edition for $2160 that first issue; a Swann sale on April 20, 2006 of a 1964 - Knopf edition for $3680 that described as "an unusally bright and fine copy"; a PBA sale on September 15, 2005 of a 1964 - Knopf edition for $3000 that described as "about fine in near fine jacket";

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann November 14, 2017 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Knopf 1964 $6000-$9,000 $9,375 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA July 27, 2017 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1000-$1500 $1560 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 27, 2017 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1973 $200-$300 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 4, 2017 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1500-$2000 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 23, 2017 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $400-$600 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 9, 2017 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 - $11250 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2016 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1,500-$2,500 $3250 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 25, 2015 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1,000-$1,500 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 17, 2014 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory London George Allen and Unwin Ltd 1967 $120-$180 $96 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 10, 2014 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1200-$1800 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA February 9, 2014 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1500-$2500 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 5, 2013 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1,500-$2,000 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 26, 2013 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 - $1504 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA May 10, 2012 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $2500-$3500 $1,560 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 22, 2011 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 - $976 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 19, 2011 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 - $561 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA April 7, 2011 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $80-$120 $60 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 4, 2010 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 - $1708 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA August 5, 2010 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $300-$500 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 22, 2009 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1500-$2500 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 19, 2009 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 - $1525 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 15, 2009 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $2000-$3000 $1200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 11, 2008 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory London George Allen and Unwin Ltd 1967 $700-$1,000 $660 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 9, 2008 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $2000-$3000 $1560 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann April 24, 2008 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York 1964 $2,000-$3,000 $2,160 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams July 3, 2007 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 - $80 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann April 20, 2006 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $3000-$4000 $3680 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA September 29, 2005 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $5000-$8000 $8400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 15, 2005 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $3000-$5000 $3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 29, 2004 Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New York Knopf 1964 $1200-$2000 $720 PBA Copies for Sale