Coffee Table Books of the Rich and Famous

We’ve all seen some cool coffee table books–who could forget the Seinfeld episode where Kramer creates a coffee table book about coffee tables? As cool as that is, it’s nothing compared to some coffee table books I recently discovered while flipping through an issue of Robb Report Collection. These books are like works of art and as such, they carry super expensive price tags. Paying up to five figures for a book full of pictures sounds a little insane, but these books all seem to come with an additional item or some exclusivity that justifies the price tag. Plus, since these books are considered collectibles, their value will increase as the years go on.

Here is a list of some of the coffee table books available if you have a spare thousand (or ten thousand) in your gift budget these holidays. Even if you don’t have the spare dough this year, check out the list because some of these books are offered in non-special editions that are priced at a more realistic level.

Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 by Norman Mailer
With a special Lunar Rock Edition priced at approximately $95,000, this book is out of this world. When you buy one of the twelve copies available, you get an actual lunar rock piece, a signed framed picture of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, and a book. The book combines Norman Mailer’s essay of the Apollo 11 moon landing written for LIFE magazine with beautiful detailed pictures of the men and equipment of the lunar program. If you’re not ready to shell out that much, there is a Collector’s Edition available for a mere $1,500.

The Greatest of All Time
Also called the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), this book comes in three editions, Champ’s, Collector’s, and a regular trade version that retails for $150. The book is full of pictures of Ali spanning his life both in and out of the ring. The Collector’s edition of 9,000 copies is being sold for $4,500, each one autographed by Ali and artist Jeff Koons (the edition comes with a picture of his sculpture “Radial Champs”). To get the Champ’s edition, which includes the autographs, four signed pictures of Ali, and your own personal “Radial Champs” sculpture, be prepared to shell out $15,000.

The Porsche Book
Porsche lovers will enjoy this book, containing 300+ pages of beautiful photograph of the German sports car icon. This Collector’s Edition also includes a signed, large-scale, limited-edition photo print that can be framed and displayed. Unfortunately, the book, limited to only 50 copies, is priced at $3,000, meaning it’s affordable to those who already have a Porsche.

What do you think of these books? Do you think you would ever pay that much for one (even if it came with a moon rock)? Do you know of any other super expensive books like these? Let me know in the comments.

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