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Fitzgerald F. Scott Tales of the Jazz Age

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

American author F. Scott Fitzgerald is synonymous with the 1920s and conjures images of carefree parties, Prohibition, and life’s excesses. Tales of the Jazz Age is a collection of eleven short stories and includes “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (made into a recognized film starring Brad Pitt). The first edition of Tales of the Jazz Age, published by Scribner’s (New York) in 1922, has an illustrated jacket in black, white and orange with design by John Held Jr. who was a top illustrator of the time. There are noteworthy first edition points including "an" instead of "and" on page 232, line 6. First editions are valued up to $11,000 at auction, but can be obtained for $100-$200 in worn condition when not accompanied by a dust jacket.

We collected a sample of 16 auction results of Fitzgerald, F. Scott's Tales of the Jazz Age from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $120 and the highest overall price realized was $11400. The overall average price was $2069 and the median price realized for the book was $255. There were 5 auctions (38%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 3 auctions (23%) exceeding the high estimates, and 5 auctions (38%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Bonhams sale on December 07, 2016 of a 1922 - Scribner's edition for $5625 that first issue; a Swann sale on November 18, 2014 of a 1922 - Scribner's edition for $7000 that described as "in unrestored, scarce dust jacket"; a PBA sale on May 24, 2007 of a 1922 - Scribner's edition for $11400 that described as "about fine in very good original jacket";

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Bonhams December 7, 2016 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 - $5625 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA July 14, 2016 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $300-$500 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 25, 2015 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $200-$300 $216 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 18, 2014 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $4000-$6000 $7000 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 22, 2011 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 - $2440 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 9, 2008 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 17, 2008 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age London Collins 1923 - $270 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA December 13, 2007 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $5000-$8000 $4200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 13, 2007 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $200-$300 $204 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 24, 2007 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $7000-$10000 $11400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 14, 2006 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 29, 2005 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $100-$150 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann September 29, 2005 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York 1922 $300-$400 $201 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 2, 2005 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $250-$350 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA November 18, 2004 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $200-$300 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 30, 2004 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tales of the Jazz Age New York Scribner's 1922 $150-$250 $144 PBA Copies for Sale