For sale very rare Salem's Lot S/L #44 in Red

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  1. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    Salem’s Lot
    This is number 44 of only 80 in Red.


    This edition has been personally hand signed by Stephen King along with the illustrator Jerry Uelsmann.

    One of the rarest signed Stephen King limited editions ever produced.

    A rare signed limited edition that very few will own. Centipede Press 2004. Number 44 (signed in red) of only 80 signed and numbered copies. Printed on Mohawk Paper. Bound in exotic Japanese cloth with photos in a slipcase. Contains beautiful photos by Jerry Uelsmann. Probably the most elaborate limited edition of King's work ever published, and the smallest limitation of any of his books that have been offered for sale, as far as I am aware. A virtually impossible King title to locate or obtain.

    Centipede Press (2004)
    Publisher: 9" x 13" x 4.25"
    Binding: Exotic Japanese cloth
    Edition: Signed Limited First EditionCondition: As New or mint.

    This signed limited edition is a wonderful book for the Stephen King collector, and one that has already more than tripled in value from its original retail price.This book was published with the following production run:
    • 600 unsigned copies, not numbered
    • 300 limited edition copies signed/numbered 1-300 in black
    • 80 limited edition copies signed/numbered 1-80 in red*
    • 15 deluxe leather copies signed/numbered I-XV in black
    • 10 deluxe leather copies signed/numbered I-X in red
    Copies numbered 1 to 300 are for sale and numbered in Black. All other copies, numbered in Red are reserved for the Author, Photographer, and the Press.

    Book Description: Centipede Press, (Wheat Ridge), 2004. First Edition. Published in an edition of 405 copies. Signed by King and Uelsmann. A huge and elaborate limited edition of his second novel, first published in 1975 and here issued in a deluxe edition that includes the text of the original novel, two short stories related to it that were originally published in King's collection Night Shift, over 50 pages of material deleted from the original version, and a short introduction and a 1999 afterword by the author.

    Illustrated with seven full-page photographs by Jerry Uelsmann, an avant-garde photographer renowned for his photomontage, whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other institutions.

    In addition to the novel, the volume includes two related short stories from Night Shift—"Jerusalem's Lot" and "One for the Road"—as well as King's introduction from the Pocket Books edition (printed as an afterward) and nearly fifty pages of deleted and modified scenes from the original manuscript, never before published, included at the back like deleted scenes on a DVD.

    The photographs (300-line screen duotone) were taken by Jerry Uelsmann. The book was composed in Janson and Perpetua types. Text and illustrations were printed on Mohawk Superfine paper and special attention was given to the binding process as well. A black ribbon bookmark is bound in.

    This is as fine as a limited edition as you're likely to see. The publisher went to great lengths to produce a volume that will only increase in value as the years go by. A great opportunity to own one of the greatest Stephen King collectible items on the market today!

    Price: $3,000
    Serious offers will be considered.
     
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  2. swiftdog2.0

    swiftdog2.0 It's Christmas Time In Hollis, Queens........

    I have #255 in black and can attest to the quality of the piece. Very nice and wicked cool :)
     
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  3. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

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  4. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    I'm confused.....the photo looks like it's signed in black ink. The number 44 is in red, but the signatures are black
     
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  5. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    Not sure why you are confused? All were signed in Black, but only 80 were numbered in Red.
    Quoted from the book, taken from above:

    "Copies numbered 1 to 300 are for sale and numbered in Black. All other copies, numbered in Red are reserved for the Author, Photographer, and the Press."
     
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  6. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    Your listing states that it's numbered/signed in red. It's a little misleading
     
  7. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    Sorry again about your confusion, but there is nothing "misleading" about this listing, the number 44 is signed in Red as clearly stated and was "reserved for the Author, Photographer, and the Press."
    Hope that clears it up for you.
    Thanks
     
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  8. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

  9. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    I found the way the listing is worded to be confusing/ misleading.
    The number 44 is written in red....numbers aren't signed. Signatures are. :)
     
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  10. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

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  11. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    From
    'Salem's Lot - (stephenkingcollector.com)

    • The limited edition of 380 copies bound in Japanese cloth, 315 numbered copies were offered for sale. Weighing in at just under 9 pounds, this book has the same massive dimensions as the deluxe edition. This book is jet black with the title debossed on the spine and photograph by Jerry Uelsmann pasted on the front; the quality of materials of this book is unrivaled compared to recent limited edition books. Originally sold for $470; current value $1,400 - $1,700 black ink / $1,900 - $2,200 red ink
     
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  12. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    Good morning!

    Once again I am uncertain as to what you trying to suggest with this post, but I will take a stab at it.

    Tomas (StephenKingCollector) runs a great site and hosts valuable data and good discussions, very similar to this site in-fact. He and is easily reachable, and very responsive when communicating, I know because I talk with him directly quite often.

    As I said above, I am going to take a shot and assume that you now have a problem comprehending my offer price of $3,000? If, that’s the case then let’s start with the price quoted on the Collector site. Tomas tracks as much sales data as he can, eBay final sales are a primary input for that data collection. He watches other sites though and looks for price TRENDS; he will be the first to tell you he does not intend this to be the authoritative price, but rather just a guide too price trend.

    Over the past year or so the price of Stephen’ Limited’s have moved up strongly in price. Tomas and others including myself recognize this price market trend and are now pricing accordingly. Also, Tomas often when updating his price ranges waits until he confident that the trend is sustainable. I give you an example by looking at three recent sales since March 7, 20014 of the Limited Edition of “IT” below, which by the way he is tracking.

    Even though he is watching sales of “IT” move up strongly, he currently quotes “IT” as:

    25th Anniversary IT - (stephenkingcollector.com)

    • Limited edition printed in two colors and bound in leather with two color hot foil stamping, a satin ribbon page marker and different embossed endpapers, signed by Stephen King and all of the artists. Original price was $475.$600 - $750

    Just take a moment and look at the past three sales of “IT” on eBay below, and tell me what the price will be for the next listing.

    3/7/2014-IT

    Stephen King It Signed Limited Edition Deluxe 25th Anniversary | eBay

    4/12/2014-IT

    Stephen King It 25th Anniversary Deluxe Limited 55 Signed by King Artists | eBay

    5/14/2014-IT

    It by Stephen King 25th Anniversary Deluxe Limited 574 Signed by King Artists | eBay

    For what it’s worth I have had 9 offers so far on the eBay listing and all but 2 were $2,500 and above, therefore someone’s price is not right according to you. As for the quoted price for Salem's Lot in Red I had input into that because I had the only recent sale in RED that he could track.

    My point to you would be let FREE MARKETS set price, because price controls never work!
     
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  13. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    You have assumed incorrectly. I don't have a problem comprehending anything.

    I only meant to copy the description of the book from the collector website.
    I'm not even sure how the estimated value was added in bold....it must have copied that way when I pasted the original text.
    No offense was intended.

    It doesn't matter what price you ask for any item, it is only worth the price that someone is willing to pay for it.

    Personally, I don't like the idea that people make exorbitant amounts of money by reselling Stephen King's work.....something about that just seems wrong to me......but that's just me.

    Best of luck to you :)
     
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  14. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    You have assumed incorrectly. I don't have a problem comprehending anything.

    · Happy to hear that, I was obviously confused there for a while.

    I only meant to copy the description of the book from the collector website.
    I'm not even sure how the estimated value was added in bold....it must have copied that way when I pasted the original text.

    No offense was intended.

    · Certainly none taken; but I really thought I did a decent job with my description.

    It doesn't matter what price you ask for any item, it is only worth the price that someone is willing to pay for it.

    · Yes, I agree the free market should set the prices!

    Personally, I don't like the idea that people make exorbitant amounts of money by reselling Stephen King's work.....something about that just seems wrong to me......but that's just me.

    · How do you define “exorbitant amounts of money” and should the market set that price?

    · So I understand though, no intentions of including the price, but yet you have a problem when people ask for more than you believe it should be sold for? I find this statement intriguing, for several reasons, by that I mean do you also have a problem when people RE-SELL their homes, cars, personal belongings, etc., for more than the person before them? How about when you dine out at a fine restaurant and pay more for the quality, or is it just SK books?

    · With all due respect though, the most interesting thing though about you statement is in-fact it may be selective, by that I mean just look at your recent reply to the SKELETON CREW LIMITED thread from angshere. You like the fact that he is asking $1,500 or best offer but both the COLLECTOR and final sales on eBay suggest $750 is the high end of asking. The math on that sale at $1,500, were he to get it, (AND I HOPE HE DOES) is 50% “exorbitant”. My point is Stephen’ work is some of the best and should command what free markets deliver and NOT what someone thinks it’s should be sold for, but hey that’s just me.

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    Best of luck to you

    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
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  15. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    And this is one of the reasons why Stephen is often reluctant to do limited editions. It's more about the collectible resale value than the story itself.
     
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  16. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    That's an interesting fact, because in my experience with collecting over the years I have found when people discover opinions exist like, "reluctance"; it serves to only drive the price higher.
    Just a thought... ;-D
     
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  17. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    And which proves his point as well.
     
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  18. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    Understood, but from my perspective reluctance drives the rarity factor which becomes a market price driver which, in my opinion is a nice dilemma to have…. ;;D
     
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  19. Michael Gerner

    Michael Gerner Active Member

    You know, another thought occurred to me sitting here thinking about this discussion. I am a long time reader/fan since 1978 and consider myself a true admirer of the quality of storytelling in his work, be it paperback, hardback, or silver-screen form, delivery does not really matter to me. I have read and greatly enjoyed many of his stories through the years; just take Salem’s Lot for example; I read it 1978, it had for me a wonderful affect on my “mind’s eye” as a teenager and I never forgot that. So, when I see that he has released a collectible version of that work, and that I would like to own, be it short term or long term for whatever reason, don't you think that would help justify doing it?

    Although it may appear that profits are the motivation there are, as in life, many variables to consider…just an afterthought.
     
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  20. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    Ms Mod, as a collector, I've found that the limited editions of King fans' favorite works appreciate in value more than those that don't have as big a following. For example, the signed limited of The Stand goes for quite a bit, although the print run was relatively large (1250 copies), while the numbered (although not signed by King) edition of Riding the Bullet (500 copies) barely sells for the initial price. The story DOES matter.

    John
     

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