"Lysistrata" Book Signed by Pablo Picasso
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $5,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:25)
Books & Manuscripts
Ken Sanders Rare Books
GUEST: About 25 years ago, I was helping a couple move, and they had these books in a brown bag, and they said, "Would you like to have these books or take them to the Goodwill? We don't want them anymore." And I love books, and I said, "I will take them." And I came across this one, and it's like, "Well, I think there's something here."
APPRAISER: Well, this particular book is Lysistrata by Aristophanes, an ancient, ancient fable. But in particular, this is a relatively modern 20th-century edition. But if we turn back to the very end of the book, it's signed by Pablo Picasso. This is the Limited Edition Club version of the famous ancient Greek play, and the LEC, or Limited Edition Club, is famous for reissuing classics of literature and commissioning contemporary living artists to illustrate 1,500 copies, signed limited editions. This along with the Matisse Ulysses, are two of the most sought-after and desirable publications of the Limited Editions Club.
GUEST: That's good.
APPRAISER: This book in the marketplace today would sell for $4,000 to $5,000.
GUEST: That's wonderful to hear, that's great.
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