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Poe’s Tamerlane Sells for $662K

December 4, 2009

Cormac McCarthy’s typewriter dominated the news about the Christie’s literary auction today, but there were other gems on sale as well. Apart from a first American edition of Moby Dick, a copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane and other Poems, published in 1827 made $662,000, a record for American literature.  Recession? What recession? The Telegraph has the story:

The copy of “Tamerlane and Other Poems”, published by Poe anonymously in 1827 when he was just 13, had been estimated to sell for between $500,000 and $700,000 (£ 302,000 to £442,000).
The previous record was $250,000 for a copy of the same book sold nearly two decades ago. No more than 40 or 50 copies were ever printed – of which only 12 are believed to remain in existence.


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