The Roald Dahl books which could be worth a fortune including a £12.5k The Gremlins copy – so do YOU have any at home?

WANT to earn some cash without too much effort? You may wish to check your childhood books.

If you read Roald Dahl books as a child, you may be sitting on a small goldmine, as some could be worth up to £12,500 per copy.

Online antiques marketplace LoveAntiques analysed some of the author’s popular kids’ books and worked out their potential value.

And it could be good news if you have a first UK edition copy of The Gremlins (published in 1944), as it could fetch you £12,500.

The second most valuable Roald Dahl book was a first edition copy of The Witches, which could be worth £6,750.

Meanwhile, a first edition of Fantastic Mr Fox (1970) might net you £2,950. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fans could see first editions raise £4,250, with The BFG books worth £3,250.

The online antiques marketplace said worth can be based on the condition of books, and advised that inscriptions can make them more valuable.

And it’s not just books that could see you rake in some big cash.


Valuable Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory memorabilia includes Wonka’s top hat signed by Gene Wilder for £1,173.51 as well as the Golden Ticket announcement from the 2005 version of the film, currently on sale for £300.

Roald Dahl was born in 1916 and his books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

He passed away in November 1990 at the age of 74 from a rare cancer of the blood.

The 10 most valuable Roald Dahl books, and their estimated value

  1. The Gremlins – £12,500 – 1944 First UK edition with first US edition from 1943.
  2. The Witches – £6,750 – First edition, first impression. Presentation copy.
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator  – £4,250 – First US edition, signed and inscribed.
  4. The Magic Finger – £3,750 – First UK edition, first impression and inscribed.
  5. Someone Like You – £3,750 – First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed.
  6. The BFG – £3,250 – First edition, first impression.
  7. James and The Giant Peach – £3,000 – First edition, first printing, with the five-line colophon on the last page.
  8. Boy – £3,000 – First edition, first impression, presentation copy.
  9. The Twits – £3,000 – First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author.
  10. Fantastic Mr Fox – £2,950 – First edition, first printing.

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