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What’s the Value of a John Gardner Signature, Autograph or Inscription?

We collected a sample of 32 auction results for books containing John Gardner's signature from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $66 and the highest overall price realized was $360. The average price was $138 and the median price was $72. There were 23 auctions (71%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 3 auctions (9%) exceeding the high estimates, and 6 auctions (18%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auction results are highly dependent upon condition, rarity, edition, provenance, year of publication, publisher, and many other factors. Your book’s value will vary.

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Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Description Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA05/03/2018Gardner, JohnNobody Lives For EverLondonJonathan Cape and Hodder & Stoughton...jacket. First Edition. Signed by the author on the title page....1986$200-$300$180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/08/2018Gardner, JohnNicholas Vergette 1923-1974Northridge, CALord John Press...of 150 copies. Signed by John Gardner. Printed during the summer...1978$10-$100$108 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/03/2016Gardner, JohnOn Books - Herb Yellin's CopyNo placeThe Castle Press...issue of 100 signed copies. Signed by Gardner in pen. Gardner's...1981$200-$300$120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/06/2016Gardner, JohnVlemk, The Box-painter - two different issuesNorthridge, CALord John Press...Editions. Both copies signed by Gardner at the limitation. The original...1979$100-$150$108 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/21/2016Gardner, JohnVlemk, The Box-painter - Two Signed CopiesNorthridge, CALord John Press...Editions. Both copies signed by Gardner, either at colophon or on...1979$100-$150$84 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/21/2016Gardner, JohnResurrection. - Unique Copy Inscribed to Herb Yellin, Proprietor of Lord John PressNew YorkNew American Library...spine. First Edition. Inscribed to Herb Yellin on title page: "To...1966$200-$300$120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/14/2016Gardner, JohnVlemk, The Box. - PainterNorthridge, CALord John Press...First Editions. Each signed by Gardner in the colophon; the sketch...1979$150-$250$108 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/14/2016Gardner, JohnResurrection. - Unique Copy Inscribed to Herb Yellin, Proprietor of Lord John PressNew YorkNew American Library...spine. First Edition. Inscribed to Herb Yellin on title page: "To...1966$200-$300$132 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/16/2015Gardner, JohnPoems - Two Signed CopiesNorthridge, CALord John Press...mosaic pattern boards. Signed by the author on the colophon. Full...1978$300-$500$180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/16/2015Gardner, JohnNicholas Vergette, 1923-1974 - Nine copiesNorthridge, CALord John Press...150 copies. Each signed by Gardner at the bottom....1978$300-$500$120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/16/2015Gardner, JohnVlemk The Box Painter - Two Signed CopiesNorthridge, CALord John Press...of 300 copies. Signed by the author with original drawing. 1...1979$200-$300$192 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2012Gardner, JohnThe Wreckage of AgathonNew YorkHarper & Row...jacket. First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author on the...1970$300-$500$192 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/06/2011Gardner, JohnThe Wreckage of AgathonNew YorkHarper & Row...jacket. First Edition. Signed by the author on the title page....1970$200-$300$120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/04/2010Gardner, JohnVlemk The Box-PainterNorthridgeLord John Press...jacket. First Edition. Signed on the title page by both Gardner...1979$200-$300$120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/15/2009Gardner, JohnA Child's BestiaryNew YorkKnopf...Cloth-backed boards, jacket. Inscribed by author with accompanying doodle by the...1977$200-$300$180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/26/2006Gardner, JohnThe Sunlight DialoguesNew YorkAlfred A. Knopf...jacket. First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author on the...1972$250-$350$360 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/26/2006Gardner, JohnWilliam WilsonDallasNew London Press...of 250 copies, signed by the author. Signed limited edition of...1979$80-$120$72 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnLot of 4 children's titlesNew YorkAlfred A. Knopf...and Other Tales. Signed on the half-title. [1975.] * Gudgekin the...1975-1977$150-$250$300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnThe King's IndianNew YorkAlfred A. Knopf...Edition. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by Gardner to Art Stone...1974$100-$150$108 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnIn the Suicide MountainsNew YorkAlfred A. Knopf...Edition. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by Gardner on the front...1977$100-$150$108 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnPoemsNorthridge, CALord John Press...by Grant Dahlstrom. Signed by Gardner in the colophon....1978$100-$150$66 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnVlemk, The Box-PainterNorthridge, CALord John Press...First Editions. Each signed by Gardner in the colophon; the sketch...1979$200-$300$180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnWilliam WilsonDallasNew London Press...First Editions. First signed by Gardner in the colophon, also inscribed...1979$100-$150$90 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnRumpelstiltskinDallasNew London Press...First Editions. First signed by Gardner in the colophon....1979$200-$300$240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnFrankensteinDallasNew London Press...copies. First Edition. Signed by Gardner in the colophon....1979$100-$150$96 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/18/2004Gardner, JohnThe Temptation GameDallasNew London Press...copies. First Edition. Signed by Gardner in the colophon....1980$100-$150$78 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/30/2003Gardner, JohnVlemk, The Box-PainterNorthridge, CALord John Press...First Trade Edition. Inscribed presentation copy, signed by John Gardner on...1979$100-$150$84 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/03/2002Gardner, JohnOctober LightNew YorkKnopf...jacket. First Edition. Signed Gardner on the front preliminary page....1976$80-$120$78 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/03/2002Gardner, JohnPoemsNorthridge, CALord John Press...Dahlstrom. First Edition. Signed by Gardner in the colophon....1978$100-$150$96 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/03/2002Gardner, JohnVlemk, The Box-PainterNorthridge, CALord John Press...copies. First Edition. Signed by Gardner on the limitation-page, with a...1979$100-$150$96 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/03/2002Gardner, JohnVlemk, The Box-PainterNorthridge, CALord John Press...Copy. First Edition. Signed by the author and the illustrator on...1979$80-$120$96 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA02/28/2002Gardner, JohnVlemk the Box-PainterNorthridgeLord John Press...2 vols. Each inscribed and signed by Gardner to his daughter,...1979$200-$300$204 PBA Copies for Sale