This eBay listing is for a set of all five ASOIAF books, each a first edition hardcover signed by GRRM himself. The “Buy It Now” price is $1995.95. This set isn’t up for auction, but the seller has set up a “Make an Offer” option.
While obtaining this collection would certainly unlock a “True Nerd” achievement, I don’t think I could ever drop $2K on signed books, unless maybe if I had all the gold in Casterly Rock. Also, it doesn’t feel as special if GRRM didn’t sign them for me. George wasn’t able to personalize books at the A Dance with Dragons signing I attended, but it still felt special because I had a few brief moments of contact with him. Waiting in a bookstore for five hours was a labor of love, and the signed book was my trophy. Somehow spending a crazy amount of money for a signature feels like cheating.
There’s something else about ASOIAF that doesn’t seem congruent with spending two grand on signed copies. ASOIAF is one of the most successful series I have ever read. It defies genre, breaks down cliches and stereotypes and has something to appeal to everyone. Those very things make it seem, in my mind, like a series of “books for the people.” While well-written, with a complex plot, extreme amount of detail and a sophisticated set of themes, ASOIAF is not bourgeois. It’s gritty and in-your-face, much more working class than aristocratic, which is ironic considering most of its characters are noble lords and ladies. Perhaps the fact that I classify it that way makes me reject any notion of spending thousands of hard-earned dollars on signed copies.
Would you consider buying this? Comment with any reasons why or why not.