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What’s the Value of a James Whitcomb Riley Signature, Autograph or Inscription?

We collected a sample of 14 auction results for books containing James Whitcomb Riley's signature from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $120 and the highest overall price realized was $1140. The average price was $495 and the median price was $600. There were 11 auctions (78%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 2 auctions (14%) exceeding the high estimates, and 1 auctions (7%) 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
PBA07/31/2014Riley, James WhitcombAfterwhilesIndianapolisBowen-Merril Co....inner-dentelle, gilt fore-edges. Inscribed and signed by James Whitcomb Riley, on...1891$250-$350$156 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2012Riley, James WhitcombAn Old Sweetheart of MineIndianapolisThe Bowen-Merrill Company...label on front. Signed on the front flyleaf by both Riley...1902$200-$300$120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/10/2012Riley, James WhitcombRubáiyát of Doc Sifers - A unique copyNew YorkThe Century Co....Edition. Presentation copy inscribed by Riley on front flyleaf, "For Robert...1897$1500-$2500$1140 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/15/2012Riley, James WhitcombAn Old Sweetheart of MineIndianapolis, INBobbs-Merrill Company...box. Early reprint. Inscribed by Riley beneath the frontispiece illustration; inscribed...1902$800-$1200$540 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/15/2012Riley, James WhitcombThe Flying Islands of the NightIndianapolisThe Bowen-Merrill Company...page Autograph Letter, signed, from Riley to Young Alison. BAL 16587....1892$1000-$1500$660 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA02/06/2012Riley, James WhitcombAn Old Sweetheart of Mine - With an Autograph Letter, signed, from RileyIndianapolisBobbs-Merrill Company...page Autograph Letter, signed, from Riley, dated October 31, 1886. "Your...1903$300-$500$180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA02/06/2012Riley, James WhitcombThe Old Swimmin'-hole, and 'Leven More PoemsIndianapolis, INGeorge C. Hitt and Co....Riviere. First Edition. Inscribed and signed as both Riley and Johnson...1883$1000-$1500$600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA02/06/2012Riley, James WhitcombRubáiyát of Doc Sifers - Finely bound, with an Autograph Letter, signed, from Riley to the illustrator tipped inNew YorkThe Century Co....page Autograph Letter, signed, from Riley to the illustrator C.M. Relyea,...1897$1000-$1500$600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/06/2011Riley, James WhitcombThe Orphant Annie BookIndianapolisBobbs-Merrill...color illustrated boards. Inscribed and signed by James Whitcomb Riley on...1908$600-$900$360 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/06/2011Riley, James WhitcombAfterwhilesIndianapolisBowen-Merrill Co....boards, gilt-lettered spine. Inscribed with a 6 line poem, and signed...1888$250-$350$120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/06/2011Riley, James WhitcombThe Book of Joyous ChildrenNew YorkScribner's...gilt. First Edition. Inscribed and signed, with a poem, from James...1902$400-$600$960 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/08/2011Riley, James WhitcombThe Old Swimmin'-hole, and 'Leven More PoemsIndianapolis, INGeorge C. Hitt and Co....slipcase. First Edition. Inscribed and signed as both Riley and Johnson...1883$1000-$1500$660 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA07/28/2011Riley, James WhitcombRubaiyat of Doc SifersNew YorkThe Century Co....Edition. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by Riley on the front...1897$300-$500$540 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA02/28/2002Riley, James WhitcombArmazindyIndianapolisBowen-Merrill...silver. First Edition. Inscribed and signed by Riley on the front...1894$200-$300$300 PBA Copies for Sale