The Audubon Abbeville Edition and Print Prices
by Ron Flynn
I am writing this short article primarily for those of you who, over the past 4-5 years, have expressed an interest in the Abbeville Edition, and wanted an Abbeville Price Guide. Believe me, I surely did want to publish one. However, for those past 5 years I contacted dealers and searched the Internet, and couldn't find enough retail prices to put together an Abbeville Price Guide. I only found small numbers of prints for sale by various dealers over that period of time. Finally, in the late summer and early fall of 2006 I began finding dealers who were advertising larger quantities of Abbeville prints for sale. Two dealers sent me tentative price lists for all 435 Abbeville prints. In late fall of 2006, Bill Baird of Auchmeddan Online (http://www.auchmeddan.com/) sent me a lot of retail and eBay price data for the Abbevilles. A big thanks to Bill. From late 2005 through most of 2006, eBay seller CIRQLAR sold prints from about 2-1/2 complete Abbeville sets on eBay.
I have now published an Abbeville Edition Price Guide. The Abbeville Price Guide is now available at http://www.audubonprices.com/. While some of the information below is included in the new Abbeville Price Guide, I believe that Abbeville collectors will find the rest of this article useful and informative.
The National Audubon Society in conjunction with Abbeville Press published this edition in 1985. It was printed in Japan to commemorate the two-hundredth birthday of John James Audubon. This edition consisted of 350 sets of facsimile reproductions of all 435 Audubon Havell originals. The 435 different prints were bound into four volumes for about 300 out of the 350 sets published, and the remaining 50 or so sets were sold as loose sets. For a detailed review of the Abbeville Edition prints, please read my article
Of the 435 Abbeville prints, about 300
or so would be considered lower tier prints. These are the least popular
of all the Abbeville prints. Over the years I have found that these
prints, when I have seen them for sale, are generally listed for
$100-$150 each. However, some have retail prices of $50-$75 each. At the
other end of the price spectrum, maybe 30-40 of the Abbeville prints
would be considered upper tier, and have the highest retail prices. Some
of the upper tier prints for the Amsterdam edition are listed in this
Amsterdam Edition Prints on this website.
These same prints would be upper tier prints in the Abbeville edition also. I
have never seen an Abbeville print priced above $3000. Upper tier
Abbeville prints would retail mostly in the $1000-$2500 price range. The
remainder of Abbeville prints would be priced in between the above two
groups. If you find Abbeville prints for sale at retail, that you want
to buy, first ask for a 10%-15% courtesy discount.
to late 2005, Abbeville prints on eBay were unheard of. Since then,
I mentioned above that my
friend CIRQLAR had sold over 2 complete Abbeville sets on eBay. A fair print for print general comparison between Amsterdam and
Abbeville prices can be made. Most of the Abbevilles offered on eBay had
a starting price of $24.99. Most of the lower tier Abbevilles sold on
eBay from $24.99 to the $75.00 price range. However, a number of the
prints with a $24.99 starting price did not sell. They had to be
re-listed at a lower starting price. Upper tier Abbevilles generally
sold in the $500-$1000 range. However, one of the top 10 most popular of
Audubon prints in any edition, the Abbeville American Flamingo, sold on eBay for $438.00.
the above information, along with my Abbeville Price Guide, will provide
Abbeville collectors with the necessary information to begin buying and
collecting prints from this edition.
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