"De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) by Nicolaus Copernicus "went for the out-of-this-world price of $2.2 million on Tuesday at a sale of about 300 books of scientific significance" at Christie's auction house, MSNBC reported.
Estimates that the books would fetch $6 million proved to be modest, as the total sales exceeded $11 million. Also included in the sale was a copy of the first phone book, issued in 1878, which went for $170,500."
--from Shelf Awareness Daily News via email, 6/18/08
I remember spending $12 on an old edition of At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald back in my early college days and thinking that was an enormous sum. Guess not.