Friday, 30 May 2008

Murkami items at auction

I don't often see Haruki Murakami items at auction, but there are several interesting lots in the Bloomsbury Book Auctions sale on 11th June . Details are given below - I will provide an update on prices realised. The estimates are interesting, and the sale should provide a test of interest in Murakami in the UK collectors' market.

358. Murakami (Haruki) Pinball,1973, translated by Alfred Birnbaum, first and only English language edition , original patterned wrappers, dust-jacket, very slight rubbing to edges, otherwise very good, small 8vo, Tokyo, Kodansha English Library, 1985; and a reprint of the first book in the series, Hear the Wind Sing (2)
est. £400 – £600

359. Murakami (Haruki) A Wild Sheep Chase, first English language edition , original cloth-backed boards, dust-jacket, a fine copy, 8vo, Tokyo & New York, 1989.
est. £120 – £180

360. Murakami (Haruki) Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Tokyo & New York, 1991; South of the Border, West of the Sun, New York, 1998; Underground..., 2000; Kafka on the Shore, 2005; Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, 2006, first English language editions , original cloth-backed boards or boards, dust-jackets, fine copies ; and 6 others, including 5 of the Japanese first editions, 8vo (11)
est. £300 – £400
The Japanese titles present include Underground, The Sputnik Sweetheart and Afterdark .

361. Murakami (Haruki) Tony Takitani, first English language edition , limited edition numbered by hand, publisher’s blind-stamp on title, original plain wrappers, dust-jacket, a fine copy, small 8vo, Los Angeles, Cloverleaf Press, 2006.
est. £50 – £75

Auction results now available - results below include 20% premium.
Lot 358 £432
Lot 359 £90
Lot 360 £288
Lot 361 £36

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