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Dickens Charles Bleak House

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Although not one of his better known titles, Bleak House by Charles Dickens still maintains a healthy pulse in the assemblage of this prolific author's body of work. It outlines the turmoil among the potential beneficiaries of conflicting wills. Earliest publications maintain the integrity of its serialized presentation in 19 blue-green monthly installments from March 1862-September 1853.  Publisher Bradbury and Evans (London) offered both the collected individual installment version as well as a bound 2-volume first edition version in 1853. The former group sells for about $500-$5000 and chiefly depends on condition and inclusion of the parts. Many groups are missing some advertisements. Harper (New York) publishers also put out an 1853 set of installments which commands as much as $3000 intact and in fine condition. The 2-volume set is presented including 40 engraved plates by H.H. Browne with a modern green calf spine and corners and a marbled cover in the $100-$500 range.

We collected a sample of 57 auction results of Dickens, Charles's Bleak House from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $60 and the highest overall price realized was $5000. The overall average price was $823 and the median price realized for the book was $420. There were 23 auctions (59%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 9 auctions (23%) exceeding the high estimates, and 7 auctions (18%) within the range of the low and high estimates.

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA August 31, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $400-$600 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 27, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $250-$350 $168 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 7, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $375 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA May 18, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA November 17, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $400-$600 $1800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 24, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $500-$800 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 8, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $1588 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 14, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $500-$750 $563 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 22, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $2000 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 25, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $200-$300 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 13, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $5000 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 10, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $2750 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann November 18, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $1200-$1800 $3750 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann June 19, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $800-$1200 $2000 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 11, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $875 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA December 5, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $216 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 10, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 11, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $570 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 25, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $668 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA July 5, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $500-$800 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann June 21, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $4000-$6000 $3840 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 8, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$400 $240 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 18, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House New York Harper and Brothers 1853 - $3125 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 16, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 19, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $770 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 7, 2010 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $720 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann June 17, 2010 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London 1853 $300-$500 $390 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 23, 2010 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $802 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann October 1, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$400 $270 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA December 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $600-$900 $360 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $400-$600 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 9, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $400-$600 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $600-$900 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $400-$600 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann April 24, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London 1853 $500-$750 $1320 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA March 20, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $400-$700 $360 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $1434 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $131 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 30, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $500-$800 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 14, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $500-$800 $720 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA February 23, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $500-$800 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 16, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $102 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 3, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $200-$300 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA November 3, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $100-$150 $60 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 21, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 24, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1854 $400-$600 $540 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 31, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $330 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 19, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $133 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 4, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $149 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann October 16, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London 1853 $500-$750 $460 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 22, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London 1853 $350-$500 $575 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 5, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $1021 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 5, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 - $691 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 9, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $200-$300 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 23, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $250-$350 $228 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 28, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Bleak House London Bradbury and Evans 1853 $300-$500 $300 PBA Copies for Sale