From The Huffington Post:
On “Pawn Stars,” a customer brought in one of the rarest books out there: a first American edition copy of Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.”
Most of the first editions were lost in The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Only about 50 copies are thought to currently exist. Gary, the owner, wanted $10,000 for the book, which he had professionally restored. Of course, Corey Harrison wanted to have it authenticated.
“This book is very, very rare,” book expert Rebecca Romney told him. “It’s not the end of the world to see Verne with condition issues, because Verne is one of those people who was always heavily read. With all of that in mind, I would place this at about $12,000.
Gary was psyched. When it came to final negotiations, Gary sold the book to Corey for just $9,500.
Tweeters couldn’t believe Corey dropped that much money on just a book. But hey, it was a super rare find.
If you’re not looking to drop $10k on the book, you can pick up a copy from its current printing for just $3.50 on Amazon.