Greats of sci fi, fantasy and horror score $500K at PBA Galleries

Isaac Asimov, the Foundation Trilogy, $15,000

Isaac Asimov, the Foundation Trilogy, all first editions in dust jackets, $15,000

BERKELEY, Calif.  – PBA Galleries‘ June 1 Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror auction topped $500,000. The auction featured more than 400 lots of books from the three genres named in the title, including signed and inscribed copies of major works by Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein.

The auction consisted of mostly signed first editions in exceptional condition. These wonderful examples in the original dust jackets were from a single collection, with many books rarely seen signed. Several new auction records were achieved during the sale, and when the hammer fell on the final lot, bidding had exceeded the highest estimate.

Stephen King, The Dark Tower series, $22,500

Stephen King, The Dark Tower series, $22,500

Samples of high performers include Dune by Frank Herbert, which achieved $22,500; The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, which went for the same sum; The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, which realized $10,000; Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, which earned $11,250; the Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov, which brought $15,000; and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, which made $13,750.

Frank Herbert, ‘Dune,’ $22,500

Frank Herbert, ‘Dune,’ first edition, $22,500

“When we took on this consignment, we knew it was special,” said PBA Galleries Cataloguer Bill Taylor. “The consignment included fine examples of numerous high points of sci-fi and fantasy, with original jackets in suburb condition. The vast majority of the books were signed, many being inscribed as well.”

PBA’s next science fiction auction will be held on Thursday, September 21, with additional material from this collection as well as material from other collections. Consignments are now being accepted. For further information, please visit


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