Well…not all authors.
Publisher Kraken Opus has ten copies of a book. That’s all. Ten copies. Each one sells for $75,000. Each one has a signature page that’s a mix of paper pulp and a pint of Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.
According to the Wall Street Journal, that’s not the only high-priced book.
Earlier this year, Taschen Books sold pieces of the moon with 12 copies of its massive photography book on the lunar landing (one of the lunar-rock editions sold for $112,500). Taschen previously published a $7,500, 800-page book on Muhammad Ali, "GOAT" (for "greatest of all time"), that comes with four signed photographs of the boxer and a sculpture by Jeff Koons.Believe it or not, some of Taschen’s luxury books go up in price.
Its massive Helmut Newton photography edition, titled "Sumo," now costs $15,000, up from $1,500 when it came out in 1999. The Ali volume now sells for $15,000. The 2006 book featuring work by the artist Peter Beard now costs $18,000, a 260% increase from its $5,000 original price tag, while a book of Mr. Koons's work went up to $4,500 from $1,000, and goes for even more on eBay.I’m not coveting these high-priced books. For one thing, I don’t have a climate-controlled vault to keep them in. I do have a closet library and I’m happy to say it’s packed with books.