Posted on September 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A rare first-edition copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has sold at auction for $1.17 million.

That’s well over the expected winning bid of $200,000 to $300,000, according to Fine Books & Collections.

It's also a world record for a printed work by a woman at an auction, beating out a first-edition copy of Emma by Jane Austen, reports the Guardian; J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which went for $3.98 million in 2007, was handmade and illustrated, not printed.

At any rate, the copy of Frankenstein actually consists of three books, all in their blue-gray boards and not rebound in leather, dating back to 1818.

You can see a picture of this first-edition copy of Frankenstein and learn a bit more about the other books that went up for sale at the same time at Fine Books & Collection.

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