This book cover released by Harper shows "Go Set A Watchman," a follow-up to Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." Sales dropped sharply for Harper Lees Go Set a Watchman in its second week of publication but it remained the best-selling book in the country for the week ending July 26, according to Nielsen BookScan. On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Nielsen reported sales of 220,000 for Watchman, less than a third of Nielsens total for the novels first week on sale. (AP Photo/Harper)
Signed editions of Harper Lee novel offered for $1,500
Associated Press / 10:11 AM November 26, 2015
NEW YORK — How much is a signed Harper Lee novel worth? Her publisher is offering a special edition of “Go Set a Watchman” for $1,500.
HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that 500 collector’s editions are available — leather bound with gold foil stamping, inside a velvet-lined cloth box. HarperCollins told The Associated Press that Lee, 89 and in frail condition, signed the books during the past few months.
Prices on eBay for signed Harper Lee books range from $1,000 for an anniversary edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” to $15,000 for a signed and inscribed first edition of her Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
“Go Set a Watchman” is the unexpected second book by the press-shy author and has been on best-seller lists for much of the year despite mostly negative reviews and simmering doubts that Lee was fully aware of the book’s release.
Written in the mid-1950s, “Watchman” was completed before “Mockingbird,” but takes place 20 years later in the same small Southern community. The depiction of “Mockingbird” hero Atticus Finch as a racist opposed to integration startled readers and critics and set off an extended debate about one of literature’s most beloved characters.
Lee, a Monroeville, Alabama, native, had long said that “Mockingbird” would be her only book.