First book of Edgar Allen Poe could fetch almost $700,000

Christie’s know their literature well, even if they’re only selling it off! The first time a teenaged Edgar Allen Poe took to writing in 1872, and wrote “Tamerlane and Other Poems.” But he was neither credited for this 40-page book (credits read “a Bostonian”), and his work of literature saw only 40-50 prints. Of these, 12 are to go under the hammer on Friday. Around two decades ago, one single copy of the book fetched Christie’s around $250,000. After the economic downturn, the auction house is expecting around $500,000 to $700,000

“Tamerlane and Other Poems” is also a part of the 300-book collection that is being put up for sale by Self, the former president of Twentieth Century Fox Television. The other books in the collection include gems from Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and others. But “Tamerlane” is touted to be the main attraction of the entire collection.

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