Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – Signed First Edition

Welcome to Rare Books Insider for February 23rd, 2022 – FREE EDITION.

Each week we give you the scoop on undervalued, mispriced and hidden gems in Alternative Investing.

Last week in Rare Books


Overall it was a decent week on the auction front as over $17m changed hands across more than 10,000 lots. The average sale price of $1,697 was slightly below par but still healthy.

Last week we were eyeing some American Presidential nostalgia, and there was a LOT of it.

This Lincoln Letter is worth much more than other Lincoln Letters.

A letter signed by George Washington sold for $20k, while a letter signed twice didn’t hit its reserve.

Two letters from sixteenth American President Abraham Lincoln went for $11k and $8k respectively.

Several other Lincoln letters sold for low-four figures to mid-five figures at Heritage Auction’s Lincoln event. They commanded a wide variety of prices.

A historically significant letter from Lincoln to the Army of the Potomac sold for $325k, which shows just how important the letter’s contents are (relative to the two Lincoln letters above).

Last and certainly least, GW’s hair sold for $17,640 (gross), and a bloodstained shirt cuff from Lincoln’s assassination sold for nearly $94,000 (double gross).

This week and next week in Rare Books

Fractional Market IPOs

Rally brings us a timely IPO, given the recent spate of book bans in the US.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – Signed First Edition

Fractional Secondary Markets

Two new books open this week on Rally, and both are around 16% to 17% higher than their fair market value. Historically books on Rally trade at a 20% premium, so we’ll keep an eye on these.

The buy view for Where the Wild Things Are was based on the expectation of a quick bump at secondary. We’ll be selling if it does jump slightly.

I still can’t believe they fractionalized Das Kapital. 10/10 trolling from Rally.



Wyatt Cavalier

Wyatt Cavalier

With a background in finance & intelligence analysis, Wyatt has an unhealthy obsession with finding the best blue chip investment opportunities. His previous newsletter, Fractional, resonated deeply with subscribers, bringing actionable insights and unconventional trading strategies. His rare book collection specializes in banned editions. He currently lives in Spain with his beautiful wife, three young boys, and dog Monty.

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