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What’s the Value of a Mark Twain Signature, Autograph or Inscription?

We collected a sample of 15 auction results for books containing Mark Twain's signature from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $228 and the highest overall price realized was $7200. The average price was $2815 and the median price was $3600. There were 6 auctions (40%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 3 auctions (20%) exceeding the high estimates, and 6 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
PBA01/26/2017Twain, MarkWorks, i.e., The Writings of Mark TwainNew YorkGabriel Wells...sets. Definitive Edition. Signed by Twain (as both Clemens and Twain)...1922-23$3000-$5000$1800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/06/2016Twain, MarkThe Writings of Mark Twain - Autograph EditionHartford, Conn.American Publishing Company...the Autograph Edition. Signed by the author as both Mark Twain...1899-1907$2000-$3000$2040 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA08/18/2016Twain, MarkMark Twain Compliments the President's WifeBostonAnne and David Bromer...an autograph book signed for Mrs. Grover Cleveland. Bradbury 715....1984$200-$300$228 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/21/2016Twain, MarkThe Writings of Mark Twain - autograph editionHartfordAmerican Publishing Company...of 512 copies. Signed by the author as both Mark Twain...1899$500-$800$1320 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA03/15/2012Twain, MarkWorks, i.e., The Writings of Mark TwainNew YorkGabriel Wells...sets. Definitive Edition. Signed by Twain (as both Clemens and Twain)...1922-24$4000-$6000$3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA11/17/2011Twain, MarkKing Leopold's SoliloquyBostonP.R. Warren...by the BAL. Inscribed on half title: "Truly yours, Mark Twain."...1905$3000-$5000$1800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/16/2011Twain, MarkWorks, i.e., The Writings of Mark TwainNew YorkGabriel Wells...sets. Definitive Edition. Signed by Twain (as both Clemens and Twain)...1922-24$2000-$3000$2280 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/05/2011Twain, MarkWorks, i.e., The Writings of Mark TwainNew YorkGabriel Wells...sets. Definitive Edition. Signed by Twain (as both Clemens and Twain)...1922-1924$4000-$6000$3600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/16/2010Twain, MarkWorks, i.e., The Writings of Mark TwainNew YorkGabriel Wells...sets. Definitive Edition. Signed by Twain (as both Clemens and Twain)...1922-1923$3000-$5000$3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA04/30/2009Twain, MarkThe Writings of Mark Twain - Author's Edition De Luxe, with ALs to Bliss CarmanLondonChatto and Windus...Edition de Luxe. Signed S.L. Clemens and Mark Twain on limitation...1899-1907$10000-$15000$7200 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA06/26/2008Twain, MarkThe Writings of Mark Twain: Author's Edition de LuxeLondonChatto and Windus...of 620 copies. Signed on limitation leaf in Volume 1 as...1899-1907$4000-$7000$5100 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA09/27/2007Twain, MarkMark Twain's Sketches, New and OldHartfordAmerican Publishing Co....Edition, Second State. Signed by Mark Twain on the front free...1875$3000-$5000$1800 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA05/24/2007Twain, MarkA Double Barrelled Detective Story - signed and with photographsNew YorkHarper and Bros....loose. First Edition. Inscribed and signed “Very truly yours, Mark Twain”...1902$1000-$1500$3300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA02/23/2006Twain, MarkThe Jumping Frog, in English, then in French, then Clawed Back into a Civilized LanguageNew YorkHarper and Brothers...First Edition Thus. Signed by Twain on the front pastedown. "Save...1903$1000-$1500$3600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA10/09/2003Twain, MarkPhotograph portrait of Mark Twain, signedNew YorkJ.G. Gessford...the front cover. Signed by Mark Twain in black ink below...1904$2000-$3000$2160 PBA Copies for Sale