A first edition of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” grossed $ 1.17 million at a Christie’s auction in New York.
Estimated between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000, the classic reached a record price for a work published by a woman.
The copy was one of 500 that Shelley published anonymously in 1818.
Another major print work will be auctioned this fall. PThe hilanthrope Dorothy Tapper Goldman offers a rare first edition copy of the American Constitution, the last known to be in private hands.
One of the 11 surviving copies, the lot is estimated at between $ 15 million and $ 20 million at Sotheby’s sales in November. The copy will tour Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas before the sale. It last sold in 1988 for $ 165,000.
“It would have belonged to either a member of the Continental Congress or one of the delegates to the Continental Convention,” Selby Kiffer, senior international specialist in Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts department, told The Associated Press. âThey were the only people who had access to that first impression. Your eye is immediately drawn to that first line: âWe the people of the United States. “
The proceeds from the sale will benefit the shipper’s charitable foundation established in his name to raise public awareness of democracy, according to Sotheby’s.