Every book lover has at least one book that means the world to them, each with a priceless nostalgic value. But what about books that are actually worth a fortune? We see that students pay a load of money for their textbooks, some costing hundreds of dollars, but have you ever seen a book go for 4.6 million US dollars?
It doesn’t happen often, but it happens. The books on this list are so rare and valuable that they can cost millions of dollars. Buckle up! Here are ten super valuable books that may be hidden on your bookshelf.
If you are a big Sherlock Holmes fan, you will love this book. This is the least expensive item on this list, but it is still a "gooder," as some would say.
Even though this is not the first Sherlock Holmes story to be published, it is one of the first full novels to be published with the name Sherlock Holmes featured in it. This signed copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles was published in 1902 and can go for even more, depending on the severity of the buyer's love of Sherlock Holmes.
J. K. Rowling is the author and the brains behind the brilliant Harry Potter series. These books are fairly common and loved by many (even ranked as one of the best-selling children's books), which makes you wonder how exactly Harry and the gang ended up on this list.
When Rowling first wrote the plot of the Harry Potter series on a napkin in her local coffee shop, she didn't plan on it becoming as famous as it did. At first, she was able to sign many books, greet a lot of her fans, and make time for just about everyone. However, as she became more famous, that began to dwindle, making the ones she had signed quite rare. If you have the whole collection, they can go for over two grand per book!
Peter Pan and his adventures to Neverland have been adored by children and adults alike for a very long time. The first Peter Pan book was sold in 1907 and Disney already had plans to make the movie in the '50s.
However, what makes this version so special is actually the priceless drawings inside. The gorgeous ink and pen drawings inside this book were made during the Golden Age of Illustrations by a leading figure in the literature illustration world, Arthur Rackham. He wasn't the author, but he receives the credit for making this book incredibly valuable!
The Jungle Book, a story written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894, has made up one of the most successful and beloved movie and book franchises. With Disney making the film in 1967 and then remaking it in 2016, the name is known by many people.
However, The Second Jungle Book was written as a sequel to the original book and was released in 1895, just a year after the first was released. The stories inside are not exactly a complete sequel, but you do get to see more of the main character and follow his shorter adventures around the jungle.
Charles Dickens is the author of many famous books, including Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and, of course, A Christmas Carol. It's the story we all heard as kids and it taught the meaning of Christmas. It was about being kind, thankful, and giving.
The story was originally released in 1843 and has been remade into movies, shows, and so many Christmas specials. The most expensive version is one of the first, of course, and it must be signed by Dickens himself!
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a very well-known children's short story as well as a great movie that is pleasant and quite nostalgic for people of many different ages. The book was originally released in the 1950s, but the first movie was released in 2003.
Even later, in 2010, a show called The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! began filming, gaining little fans all over the world. Just like many books on the list, the real money is in one of the signed original copies, which are for sale all over the Internet.
We've all heard of The Wizard of Oz, whether it's the movie from the 1930s or the remake, Oz the Great and Powerful, from 2013. But the books is where it all began.
The full series is made up of 15 amazingly written books and they are legendary. So legendary, in fact, that one book could go for enough to buy you a brand-new car. If you are lucky enough to have an original copy of every single book, then you've hit the jackpot since the entire set all together is extremely rare and absolutely priceless.
In 1937, a book called The Hobbit was released. It was and continues to be one of the most loved books, actually breaking the 100 millions in sales; it is also the fourth best-selling single volume book in history. The movies were extremely successful as well!
J. R. R. Tolkien is also the author of the beloved The Lord of the Rings books, which were also made into brilliant companion movies in the early 2000s. The most expensive version of this book—really the only one with this much value—is one of the original copies ever to be sold. It's also signed by the famous author.
The Bible is a very important book for many people, and that alone is enough to render the knowledge in this book priceless. However, the Gutenberg version was one of the first books ever to be printed using a mass-produced movable metal type printing press from Europe.
Only 180 copies were made, just 48 made it to today, and out of the 48 left, only 31 are in perfect condition, making them extremely valuable. One was actually sold for about $4.6 million at an auction, and an eight-page fragment of the book was sold for about $55,000.
The Canterbury Tales is a story about a group of people who are making a long voyage, written in 1477. The book was originally written in Middle (Old) English, making it quite difficult to read if you aren't used to it.
During their travels, the main characters go around telling stories in order to keep themselves occupied while making their long trek. Throughout the book, important lessons are taught, ones that could be taken as advice even today. There might be only one copy of this important book left, and it is worth a boatload of money.