• David Morris

PRICE GUIDE (as of 10-Jan-20): Agatha Christie First Editions

Updated: Jan 14

The most expansive collection of Agatha Christie books seen at auction in recent memory occurred on 5-September-2019 at Heritage Auctions in the USA. All prices realized (listed below) include the buyer's premium (but do not reflect sales taxes which depend on residency). At the time of the auction the UK/US exchange rate was 1.22, so adjust accordingly to convert to UK prices at that time. As of January 2020, the exchange rate is closer to 1.33. Since the UK market tends to set the prices on UK editions, this implies prices may be ~10% higher in US dollar values today.




Condition: Generally, all books and dust wrappers were in 'near fine' condition, though a few had some restoration or chipping. Consequently these prices define top-end collectibles. Books or jackets / wrappers of poorer quality certainly detract heavily and thus significant price reductions should be expected. Books not listed were not at the auction as there were no reserve items, or were sold in multi-book lots (so hard to confirm individual value) or realized values under $500.


UK FIRSTS in jackets unless noted (price estimate as of 9/2019):

1921 The Mysterious Affair At Styles (book only): $10,625

1922 The Secret Adversary (book only): $3,250

1924 The Man In The Brown Suit (book only): $1,250

1924 Poirot Investigates (book only): $2,500

1924 (27) Poirot Investigates (first 'cheap edtn' 3/6 jacket): $6,250

1925 The Secret of Chimneys (book only): $1,375

1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (book only): $1,031

1927 The Big Four (book only): $600

1928 Mystery of the Blue Train: $22,500

1930 The Mysterious Mr. Quin: $18,750

1930 Murder At The Vicarage (book only): $575

1931 The Sittaford Mystery (book only): $1,625

1934 Murder on the Orient Express (book only): $3,875

1934 Why Didn't They Ask Evans: $22,500

1937 Dumb Witness: $15,625

1938 Appointment With Death: $9,375

1938 Hercule Poirot's Christmas: $3,250

1939 Ten Little Niggers: $4,500

1940 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: $2,375

1940 Sad Cypress: $3,250

1941 N or M: $1,000

1942 The Body In The Library: $1,187

1943 The Moving Finger: $1,000

1944 Towards Zero: $700

1945 Sparking Cyanide: $500




USA First Editions in jackets unless noted (price est. as of 9/2019):

1920 The Mysterious Affair At Styles (book only): $10,625

1923 Murder on the Links: $17,500

1925 Poirot Investigates: $13,125

1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: $4,125

1927 The Big Four: $4,750

1927 Partners in Crime: $2,750

1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train: $2,000

1929 The Seven Dials Mystery: $2,625

1930 The Murder At the Vicarage: $3,250

1930 Mysterious Mr. Quin: $1,875

1931 Murder At Hazelmoor: $1,875

1932 Peril At End House: $2,000

1933 Thirteen At Dinner: $1,500

1933 The Tuesday Club Murders: $5,500

1934 Parker Pyne Detective: $3,000

1934 Murder in the Calais Coach: $6,250

1934 Murder in Three Acts: $2,750

1935 The Boomerang Clue: $1,187

1935 Death in the Air: $2,750

1936 The ABC Murders (both jacket variants included): $2,000

1936 Murder in Mesopotamia: $1,562

1937 Dead Man's Mirror: $2,000

1937 Poirot Loses A Client: $937

1937 Cards on the Table: $1,625

1938 Death on the Nile: $4,000

1938 Appointment With Death: $875

1939 Easy To Kill: $1,125

1939 The Regatta Mystery: $2,625

1939 Murder for Christmas: $1,625

1940 And Then There Were None: $3,500

1940 Sad Cypress: $900

1941 Evil Under The Sun: $3,250

1941 The Patriotic Murders: $700

1942 Murder in Retrospect: $700

1942 The Moving Finger: $875

1942 The Body In The Library: $1,687

1948 Witness for the Prosecution: $1,375


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