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

We collected a sample of 69 auction results for books containing John Steinbeck's signature from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $330 and the highest overall price realized was $27000. The average price was $3022 and the median price was $3000. There were 31 auctions (44%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 10 auctions (14%) exceeding the high estimates, and 28 auctions (40%) 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
PBA03/08/2018Steinbeck, JohnIn Dubious BattleNew YorkCovici Friede...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. This copy...1936$4000-$6000$5400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/08/2018Steinbeck, JohnCannery RowNew YorkViking Press...Printing. Presentation copy inscribed and signed in pencil by John Steinbeck,...1945$1000-$1500$1140 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/26/2017Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck at the colophon, as issued....1937$500-$800$840 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/26/2017Steinbeck, JohnTheir Blood is StrongSan FranciscoSimon J. Lubin Society...Edition, Third printing. Signed by Steinbeck on the title page: "For...1938$1000-$1500$600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/17/2016Steinbeck, JohnSweet ThursdayNew YorkViking Press...issue, first issue. Signed by Steinbeck on the title page. First...1954$1000-$1500$1440 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/25/2015Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck at the colophon, as issued....1937$1500-$2500$1020 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/25/2015Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkViking...First Illustrated Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the title page. Goldstone...1945$1000-$1500$600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/19/2013Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$1000-$1500$720 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/14/2013Steinbeck, JohnEast of Eden - Signed by numerous members of the cast and crew of the 1955 film adaptationNew YorkThe Viking Press...California. This copy inscribed to "Mitzi" by 21 members of the...1952$2000-$3000$1560 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA07/05/2012Steinbeck, JohnCannery RowNew YorkViking...second state binding. Inscribed by John Steinbeck on front free endpaper...1945$1000-$1500$1920 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/05/2012Steinbeck, JohnBombs Away: The Story of a Bomber TeamNew YorkViking...jacket. First Edition. Inscribed and signed by John Steinbeck on the...1942$2000-$3000$1200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/05/2012Steinbeck, JohnThe Moon is Down - Signed by SteinbeckNew YorkViking Press...Printing Before Publication". Signed in ink by John Steinbeck on front...1942$700-$1000$480 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/01/2011Steinbeck, JohnThe PearlLondonHeinemann...First English Edition. Inscribed and signed by Steinbeck on the title...1948$700-$1000$600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/01/2011Steinbeck, JohnThe Short Novels of John SteinbeckNew YorkViking...jacket. First Edition. Inscribed and signed by Steinbeck on the front...1953$1000-$1500$1140 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/16/2011Steinbeck, JohnTortilla FlatNew YorkCovici-Friede...spine. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the front pastedown, below...1935$3000-$5000$1920 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/24/2011Steinbeck, JohnOf Mice and MenNew YorkCovici-Friede...Edition, First Issue. Inscribed in the year of publication to fellow...1937$3000-$5000$3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/04/2010Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici Friede...Goldstone and Payne. Signed by Steinbeck at the colophon....1937$4000-$7000$2400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA08/05/2010Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici-Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$2000-$3000$1920 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/29/2010Steinbeck, JohnSaint Katy the VirginNew YorkCovici Friede...Press. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Presented...1936$3000-$5000$3600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/29/2010Steinbeck, JohnThe Moon is DownNew YorkViking...first cloth-bound issue. Inscribed by John Steinbeck on the front free...1942$3000-$5000$3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/22/2009Steinbeck, JohnCannery RowNew YorkViking...second state binding. Inscribed by John Steinbeck and by friend Ed...1945$5000-$8000$3900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/22/2009Steinbeck, JohnOf Mice and MenStockholmZephyr Books...Wrappers, dust jacket. Signed by Steinbeck on half title....1945$500-$800$330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/18/2009Steinbeck, JohnTravels with Charley in Search of AmericaNew YorkThe Viking Press...First Edition. Copy inscribed by the author on the half title,...1962$1500-$2500$2400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/16/2009Steinbeck, JohnThe Forgotten VillageNew YorkViking...Edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Steinbeck on half title: "For Ben...1941$3000-$5000$3600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/15/2009Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici-Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck twice, once on front free...1937$2000-$3000$2040 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/15/2009Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...of 1500 copies. Signed on limitation statement by the author. Steinbeck's...1952$2000-$3000$1440 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/15/2009Steinbeck, JohnThe Winter of Our DiscontentNew YorkViking Press...Edition. Small card signed by the author, inserted in four adhesive...1961$800-$1200$480 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/09/2008Steinbeck, JohnThe Winter of Our DiscontentNew YorkViking Press...First Trade Edition. Inscribed: "To Gil and Jean during a very...1961$3000-$5000$2280 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/12/2008Steinbeck, JohnOf Mice and MenNew YorkCovici-Friede...Edition, second issue. Inscribed and signed by Steinbeck on verso of...1937$2000-$3000$1200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/12/2008Steinbeck, JohnTortilla FlatNew YorkViking...First Illustrated Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author and artist...1947$2500-$3500$2700 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/12/2008Steinbeck, JohnLot of 9 volumesNew York, et al.Viking mostly)...337 of 1200, signed by the author. Prospectus & announcement card,...1941-80$200-$300$330 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/13/2007Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici-Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$2000-$3000$2040 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/27/2007Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici-Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$2000-$3000$1920 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA08/23/2007Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici-Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$2000-$3000$2280 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/14/2007Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Goldstone-Payne...1952$2000-$3000$3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnTortilla FlatNew YorkCovici Friede...Edition, first printing. Signed by John Steinbeck dated in Los Gatos,...1935$7000-$10000$8400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnSaint Katy the VirginNew YorkCovici Friede...Press. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Presented...1936$3000-$5000$4800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnIn Dubious BattleNew YorkCovici Friede...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Includes a...1936$6000-$9000$10200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici-Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$2000-$3000$3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnThe Grapes of WrathNew YorkViking...Hader. First Edition. Signed by John Steinbeck on a 2?x3?" plain...1939$6000-$9000$3600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnThe Moon is DownNew YorkViking...first cloth-bound issue. Signed by John Steinbeck on the title page....1942$2500-$3500$3600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Goldstone-Payne...1952$2000-$3000$2700 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnThe Winter of Our DiscontentNew YorkViking...First Trade Edition. Inscribed and signed by John Steinbeck to Phyllis...1961$2000-$3000$4800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Steinbeck, JohnSpeech Accepting the Nobel Prize for LiteratureNew YorkViking...Edition. Presentation copy inscribed and signed on the title-page: "For Nan...1962$2000-$3000$3900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/14/2006Steinbeck, JohnLa Flamme Burning Bright)ParisDel Duca les Editions Mondiales...color pictorial jacket. Inscribed and signed by Steinbeck “for Arthur from...1951$2500-$3500$2280 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/14/2006Steinbeck, JohnCup of Gold: A Life of Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to HistoryNew YorkRobert M. McBride...postcard, typed and signed with initials by John Steinbeck, dated June...1929$15000-$20000$12000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/14/2006Steinbeck, JohnThe PearlNew YorkViking...Ricketts’ personal copy. Inscribed and signed by John Steinbeck to his...1947$15000-$25000$27000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/14/2006Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Goldstone-Payne...1952$2000-$3000$1800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/14/2006Steinbeck, JohnThe Short Novels of John SteinbeckNew YorkViking...slipcase. First printing. Inscribed and signed by John Steinbeck "for Bob...1953$1500-$2500$1680 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/28/2006Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkViking...Edition, second issue. Signed by Steinbeck in blue ink on the...1945$1500-$2500$1440 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/28/2006Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Steinbeck...1952$2000-$3000$2400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/22/2006Steinbeck, JohnThe Winter of Our DiscontentNew YorkViking...publisher. First Edition. Inscribed and signed for "John Vint with pleasure,...1961$3000-$5000$4500 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/02/2005Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici-Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$2000-$3000$1920 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/27/2004Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Steinbeck...1952$2500-$3500$2280 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA01/29/2004Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. "East...1952$2500-$3500$2400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/09/2003Steinbeck, JohnSaint Katy the VirginNew YorkCovici Friede...Press. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page. Presented...1936$2000-$3000$3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/09/2003Steinbeck, JohnIn Dubious BattleNew YorkCovici Friede...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A5a....1936$6000-$9000$4200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/09/2003Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkCovici Friede...Adler. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A9.a....1937$2000-$3000$1680 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/09/2003Steinbeck, JohnThe Long ValleyNew YorkViking...jacket. First Edition. Signed by John Steinbeck on an affixed 2?"x3-3/8"...1938$2000-$3000$1680 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/09/2003Steinbeck, JohnThe Red PonyNew YorkViking...issue. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed by John Steinbeck on the...1945$2500-$3500$2040 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA07/31/2003Steinbeck, JohnCup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to HistoryNew YorkCovici, Friede...Issue. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by Steinbeck on the front...1936$1000-$1500$960 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA07/31/2003Steinbeck, JohnThe Grapes of WrathNew YorkViking...jacket. Ninth printing. Signed by John Steinbeck on the title page....1939$1500-$2000$1560 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/08/2003Steinbeck, JohnIn Dubious BattleNew YorkModern Library...Modern Library Edition. Inscribed & signed (with thanks) by Steinbeck to Sylvia...1939$1200-$1500$1440 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/17/2002Steinbeck, JohnOf Mice and MenNew YorkCovici Friede...Edition, First Issue. Inscribed and signed by John Steinbeck "For Walter...1937$5000-$8000$5100 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/03/2002Steinbeck, JohnSaint Katy the VirginNew YorkCovici Friede...Press. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Presented as...1936$1000-$1500$1800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/03/2002Steinbeck, JohnEast of EdenNew YorkViking...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on limitation page. Goldstone-Payne A32.a....1952$2000-$3000$2400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA12/06/2001Steinbeck, JohnIn Dubious BattleNew YorkCovici Friede...copies. First Edition. Signed by Steinbeck in the colophon. Goldstone-Payne A5a....1936$8000-$12000$10800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/26/2001Steinbeck, JohnIn Dubious BattleNew YorkCovici Friede...Edition, regular issue. Inscribed and signed by Steinbeck on the front...1936$1500-$2000$2040 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/26/2001Steinbeck, JohnThe Moon is DownLondon but Melbourne, AustraliaWilliam Heinemann...First Australian Edition. Signed by Steinbeck on the half-title page. Though...1942$700-$1000$720 PBA Copies for Sale