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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 07/11/2010

‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ from $3.95 to $39,000

By Valerie Strauss

When “To Kill a Mockingbird” was first published in 1960, 50 years ago Sunday, by J. B. Lippincott Company, the 296-page book cost $3.95.

Today you can buy a first edition, signed by author Harper Lee as well as Gregory Peck, star of the great 1962 film adaption, and the film’s director, Bob Mulligan, for $39,000. If, however, that’s a little steep for your wallet, there are other first-edition possibilities for a lot less (though still expect to pay thousands).

You can find some of them by going to First Edition Points, the Online Guide for Rare Book Collectors, which reports that there were 5,000 first printings of “Mockingbird” produced -- “FIRST EDITION” is stated on the copyright page -- and that the book remains in high demand.

The $39,000 edition can be found on

Here’s part of the description:

“First edition, sixth impression hardcover, very good in good-plus dust jacket. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by HARPER LEE, GREGORY PECK and the movie’s DIRECTOR BOB MULLIGAN. Dust jacket has edge wear and a scuffed area on the front cover where tape was removed. Light soiling to page edges. Other than signatures and inscriptions on front end page, no other marks inside.”

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By Valerie Strauss  | July 11, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
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I guess there is some discussion about this book, based on today's world. I am old enough to have been in college in the 60's and this was a transforming book for a boy from a small town in rural Ohio. Looking at this book from today is interesting, but at the time this was a life changing book and movie.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | July 11, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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