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Investing in First Edition Books: New Index Reveals Best Performers 2004-2014

antiques and booksAldous Huxley’s Brave New World has outperformed all others between 2004 and 2014, reveals the inaugural edition of Paul Fraser Collectibles’ PFC40 First Edition Books Index.

The index is up 140.3% – 9.2% per annum – over the 10-year period. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World achieved the greatest percentage increase in value – up 700% between 2004 and 2014, or 23.1% per annum, from £500 to £4,000.

F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the most valuable book in the top 40 at £90,000.

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the best performing contemporary work – up 19.3% per annum to £17,500.

George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones has performed well following the TV adaptation – up 14.1% per annum to £750.

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Most Valuable Books

1. F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby: £90,000

2. James Joyce, Ulysses: £85,000

3. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: £75,000

Best Performing Books between 2004-2014

1. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World: up 23.1% per annum to £4,000

2. JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: up 20.9% per annum to £30,000

3. AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh: up 20.1% per annum to £2,500

Paul Fraser, founder of Paul Fraser Collectibles, comments: “With an average 9.2% return on your investment a year, I think we can all see why so many people are now investing in first edition books. Of course, for many bilbliophiles, book collecting is more about the enjoyment of owning rare tomes than it is making money – but in this case you really can have your cake and eat it. “Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was clearly undervalued in 2004. Collectors have seen this and rectified the situation over the past 10 years, explaining why it has been the best performer. “When investing in first editions, remember that dust jackets form around 75% of the price – incredible I know – and keep quality, rarity and desirability to the front of your mind. In essence, buy the type of book other collectors will want and you can’t go far wrong.”

About the PFC40 First Edition Books Index

The PFC40 First Edition Books Index tracks the value of popular first edition fiction books that are regularly traded around the world, using analysis of auctions and private sales, in addition to expert opinion. Values shown are reflective of a good condition example with dust jacket – unless otherwise stated.

About Paul Fraser Collectibles
Paul Fraser Collectibles is a dealer in high-end collectibles, with offices in the US, UK and the Channel Islands. Contact Daniel Wade +44 (0) 117 933 9500 or danwade@paulfrasercollectibles.com. http://www.paulfrasercollectibles.com/

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