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That's not "a Bukowski book," since the Ken Price art prints are involved. You can't really compare it to Bukowski selling numbers, and its value as a Black Sparrow book is just a small part of the potential value.
All true, and a posthumous publication as well. Still and all a shitload of money, and not an item often seen in the last few years.
I'd personally rather own a copy of Genius, but that ain't happening anytime soon.
That seller is one of those terrible megalisters that can be found on ABE. A lot of the prices seem kind of arbitrary, especially if you sort their listings by highest price and see what's listed for $77035.39. What's strange here though is that usually there has to be another listing for an item by an honest dealer for a megalister to be able to try and bogart the sale.
It used to be that one could fairly reliably price a book by taking 25-35% off of the abe price. Then it became 25-35% off of the abe price excluding the ridiculous outliers. Now it's evolved to you cannot do this anymore. How does one convince a seller consulting abebooks that 80% of the listings are outliers? By definition, they aren't, even if they are not reasonable.

I had a mild run-in on an ebay sale some 5-6 years ago and they cited prices on abe as to how I got a great deal on a book that had significant foxing. I tried, but could not explain to the them to the point of actually getting through, that their argument held no water. To them, their argument was firmly ensconced in a refinished swimming pool that was only held together by the fresh coat of paint.
That reminds of the time someone wanted to sell me a collection of Bukowski books, saying that 20% off the highest price on ABE for each volume was a fair price.

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