5 July, 11:00

The first edition of "Frankenstein" went under the hammer for almost $850,000

The first edition of "Frankenstein" went under the hammer for almost $850,000
Heritage Auctions held a sale of rare editions from the collection of the famous collector William Strutz. The most notable lot was the first edition of Mary Shelley's 1818 horror novel Frankenstein.
One of the three copies that survived to this day was sold for a record $843,750. Bidding for the first edition, officially titled "Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus," started at $300,000, but very quickly began to gain momentum.

This book was purchased by William Strutz in 1975, and he was the only one of the trio to remain in private hands. The other two are kept in the New York Library.
The collector's son, who put the lot up for auction, admitted that he was honored that his father's rare books had caused such a stir among rare edition connoisseurs.

In turn, the international director of the auction house, Francis Walgren, noted that "this auction made Heritage the main place for the sale of rare books and manuscripts."
It should be recalled that the novel by the English writer Mary Shelley tells about a young scientific student who, as a result of a mysterious scientific experiment, creates an unusual creature. It ranks 56th in Newsweek magazine's list of the 100 best books of all time.


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