Gaiman book is the gift that (literally) keeps on giving

Authors, musicians and other artists have long given away their works for charity. Five years ago, Minneapolis-area author Neil Gaiman donated a signed advance copy of his book Stardust to Wisconsin author Patrick Rothfuss who was organizing a benefit for Heifer International.

Rothfuss writes on his blog:

So we had this book. This beautiful book. This beautiful, *rare* book. And I was having a hard time deciding how best to use it. I knew we could auction it off and raise at least a thousand dollars, maybe a couple thousand, but that didn’t seem right somehow.

So I decided to put it into the lottery, where anyone who donated to Heifer International on our team page would have a chance at winning it. That seemed fair to me, more egalitarian.

But then something strange happened. At the end of the fundraiser the person who won the book gave it back to us. Their one stipulation is that we auction it off next year, so it will bring in more money for Heifer.

So they did. And again, the winner donated it back. It’s happened every year since.

The book is on the block again now.

  • joetron2030

    Now *that* is a wonderful story. I love that the winner of the book returns it so it can be auctioned off again. Though, one can’t help wondering what will be thought of the winner who decides to keep the book. If that ever happens, that is.

  • rasm0225

    I’d be really interested to know the annual auction prices. I would expect they would decline a lot after the first year when there was then an expectation that the winner couldn’t keep the book. Then maybe stabilize.

    It is a great story. It’d also be a good econ paper.