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Dickens Charles The Mystery of Edwin Drood

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

The influential legacy of writer Charles Dickens includes his final and unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Despite its title, the focal point is actually John Jasper who is secretly in love with his nephew’s fiancée. Not only is this of great interest for its value as the final work of Dickens but because it has garnered much attention for the speculation on its story’s incomplete outcome that ironically remains a mystery. The first edition was published in 6 monthly parts by Chapman and Hall (London 1870) and includes an engraved portrait of Dickens by J.H. Baker and 12 engraved plates by Samuel Luke Fildes. Collectors can expect to pay about $1200-$1500 at auction with the inclusion of the "eighteenpence" slip pasted over the one shilling price on the front wrapper. Look for the "Edwin Drood Advertiser" present in each part, as well as the inserted advertisements, including the "Cork Hats" slip in part 2. Lesser conditioned copies with wear  can be obtained for $100-$400.

We collected a sample of 19 auction results of Dickens, Charles's The Mystery of Edwin Drood from 2 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $94 and the highest overall price realized was $1188. The overall average price was $527 and the median price realized for the book was $510. There were 0 auctions (0%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 5 auctions (45%) exceeding the high estimates, and 6 auctions (55%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Swann sale on November 18, 2014 of a 1870 - Chapman and Hall edition for $1188 that first edition in monthly parts; a Swann sale on November 21, 2013 of a 1870 - Chapman and Hall edition for $1188 that first edition in original monthly parts, the earliest issue of part 6 with the "eighteenpence" slip pasted over the one shilling price on the front wrapper; a Bonhams sale on February 18, 2007 of a 1870 - Chapman and Hall edition for $1075 that in six parts;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann November 10, 2015 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 $600-$900 $688 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann June 17, 2015 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 $500-$750 $500 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 18, 2014 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 $800-$1200 $1188 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 18, 2014 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 $500-$750 $875 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 21, 2013 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 $700-$1000 $1188 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 22, 2011 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $512 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 23, 2010 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $244 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 10, 2009 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $274 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann March 12, 2009 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London 1870 $400-$600 $570 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann March 12, 2009 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood Sadleir 694 London 1870 $150-$250 $330 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 29, 2007 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London 1870 $400-$600 $582 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 17, 2007 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London 1870 $300-$400 $510 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $1075 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 15, 2005 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $94 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann April 14, 2005 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London 1870 $300-$400 $460 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 11, 2004 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London 1870 $400-$600 $403 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 19, 2004 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $127 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 14, 2003 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $149 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 5, 2003 Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood London Chapman and Hall 1870 - $251 Bonhams Copies for Sale