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Ginsberg Allen Howl and Other Poems

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

The Beat Generation's best representative of its poetry resonates in the writings of Allen Ginsberg. With its confusing format and content, its title poem "Howl" established a unique view of the psyche and the alienated souls of society. Reminiscent in some ways with the transcendentalist style of Walt Whitman, Ginsberg creates a frenetic pace that explores the observations of a speaker grappling with the real world around him. Published by City Lights Pocket Bookshop (1956), first editions have sold at auction for up to $4200 in fine condition; signed copies are in the $5700-7800 range.

We collected a sample of 21 auction results of Ginsberg, Allen's Howl and Other Poems from 2 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $144 and the highest overall price realized was $7800. The overall average price was $1323 and the median price realized for the book was $600. There were 7 auctions (33%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 5 auctions (24%) exceeding the high estimates, and 9 auctions (43%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Swann sale on November 08, 2011 of a 1956 - City Lights edition for $5760 that signed by the author; a PBA sale on September 27, 2007 of a 1956 - City Lights edition for $4200 that described by "near fine or better"; a PBA sale on March 09, 2006 of a 1956 - City Lights edition for $7800 that with an inscription from author;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann November 10, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $350-$500 $1375 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA September 11, 2014 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $300-$500 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 30, 2014 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $600-$900 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 30, 2014 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1958 $500-$800 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 10, 2013 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $300-$500 $960 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 10, 2013 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $400-$700 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 10, 2013 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1985 $500-$800 $960 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 5, 2012 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $400-$600 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 8, 2011 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $5000-$7500 $5760 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 12, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1957 $300-$500 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 3, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1980 $200-$300 $144 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 27, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $3000-$5000 $4200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 26, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $800-$1200 $960 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 26, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $400-$700 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 14, 2006 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $1000-$1500 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 9, 2006 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $3000-$5000 $7800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 26, 2006 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $250-$350 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 29, 2005 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $600-$900 $450 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 25, 2002 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $400-$600 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 6, 2001 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1956 $400-$600 $720 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 26, 2001 Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems San Francisco City Lights 1980 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale