27. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett – $136,000 (1st Edition)
Most people know The Maltese Falcon as the iconic 1945 Hollywood noir thriller that starred the dashing Humphery Bogart. But few people know that the movie has been adapted from a pioneering thriller book penned in 1930 by Dashiel Hammett.
The novel’s first edition is still well-preserved, with its original gray cloth-bound cover intact. This edition also bears a falcon-shaped motif as a nod to the title. And it can be yours for a princely sum of $136,000!
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