When Haddonfield’s Inkwood Books announced it had one of the coveted copies of Paul McCartney’s “The Lyrics” – which it intended to auction off to the highest bidder – inquiries came from as far away as Australia. Some offered thousands of dollars to get their hands on the 2-volume set, one of just 175 signed by the former Beatle and offered to select bookstores worldwide late last year. Profits of the sale went to the Camden County Pop-Up Library.

Inkwood owner Julie Beddingfield says the response to the fundraising auction was both thrilling and humbling. The winner, a Long Island resident, drove down to claim his book late last year. “We enjoyed a nice discussion of the important work of the Pop Up Library handing out books in some of the most underserved parts of Camden,” says Beddingfield, noting that the winner asked not to disclose how much he paid for the book. Without the famous signature, the book retails for $100 on Inkwood. Meanwhile, signed copies worldwide have generated a Beatlemania-like response, with one copy on eBay auctioned off for $16,000.

February 2022
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