June 5, 2009

Yes, yes, oh yes: That's a lot of money

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An extremely rare first edition of Ulysses that was "stored in its original box, unopened and away from the light"

An extremely rare first edition of Ulysses that was "stored in its original box, unopened and away from the light" since publication in 1922

An “astonishingly well-preserved” first edition of James Joyce‘s Ulysses — number 45 of the first hundred printed, signed by Joyce himself — was sold yesterday at auction in London for £275,000, “the highest price recorded for a 20th-century first edition,” according to a Guardian report by Mark Brown. Fun fact to know and tell: The Guardian reports it was “unopened” — presumably meaning the pages were uncut — save for the “more salacious bits” near the end.

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