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Dickens Charles Oliver Twist

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

While The Parish Boy's Progress may not ring any bells, the Charles Dickens classic title Oliver Twist does; the former being an alternate title for the latter. The memorable criminal element characters of the Artful Dodger and Fagin help expose the child labor practices of early 19th century London in a world of poor orphaned children and a hungry Oliver who utters the famous words, "Please, sir, I want some more." This book presents in many publications, and while its 1839 printing by Bentley (London) in 3 volumes has commanded as much as $10,000, later copies published by Bradbury and Evans (London) in 1846 have been valued as high as $17,000. Their original blue-green wrappers with 10 parts were released in installments between January and October of 1846. Collectors may find solace in less costly versions of the first editions but in less pristine condition in the $100-$3000 range.

We collected a sample of 44 auction results of Dickens, Charles's Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $84 and the highest overall price realized was $17500. The overall average price was $2164 and the median price realized for the book was $831. There were 9 auctions (41%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 7 auctions (32%) exceeding the high estimates, and 6 auctions (27%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Bonhams sale on April 13, 2015 of a 1846 - Bradbury and Evans edition for $17500 that new edition in original monthly parts; a Bonhams sale on December 10, 2014 of a 1839 - Bentley edition for $10625 that near fine condition housed in a morocco solander case; a Bonhams sale on October 18, 2011 of a 1846 - Bradbury and Evans edition for $10000 that Provenance: W.D. Disney in original monthly parts;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA November 30, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $3000-$5000 $3300 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 1, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $3678 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $800-$1200 $553 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams July 29, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $1421 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann June 17, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $2500-$3500 $3250 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann June 17, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $1800-$2500 $3000 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 9, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Bradbury and Evans 1846 $50-$80 $84 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 16, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $700-$1000 $570 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 13, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bradbury and Evans 1846 - $17500 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 10, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $10625 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 25, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $2675 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 25, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $3000-$5000 $6000 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 30, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $1337 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann June 21, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Bradbury and Evans 1846 $300-$400 $600 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 18, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bradbury and Evans 1846 - $10000 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 10, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $1000 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 29, 2010 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $417 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 15, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $366 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 8, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $800-$1200 $780 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 1, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $2000-$3000 $2640 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA September 17, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $2000-$3000 $1560 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 25, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $2000-$3000 $3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Bradbury and Evans 1846 $50-$80 $84 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 20, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $1203 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $192 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA December 13, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist Philadelphia Lea and Blanchard 1839 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 27, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $256 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA July 12, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist Philadelphia Lea and Blanchard 1839 $300-$500 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 20, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $840 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 14, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Bradbury and Evans 1846 $600-$900 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 14, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Bradbury and Evans 1846 $700-$1000 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $2031 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 13, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $974 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 6, 2006 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $220 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 8, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $321 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 3, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $4000-$6000 $3300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 21, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist Philadelphia Lea and Blanchard 1839 $200-$300 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 22, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $822 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann November 11, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $2000-$3000 $1955 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann April 15, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $3000-$4000 $5520 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 6, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $204 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann May 22, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress London Richard Bentley 1838 $300-$400 $546 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 14, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $361 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 5, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist London Bentley 1839 - $377 Bonhams Copies for Sale