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This 1959 copy of Time Out of Joint by sci-fi writer Philip K Dick, sold for $400 (£305) in a PBA Galleries auction.

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The well-preserved jacket of the 1959 Lippincott first shown here prompted a bid of $400 (£305).

However, it was not condition that determined the price of $3250 (£2490) for a second copy of what had been the first of the writer’s works to appear in hardback form: it was the presence of the author’s signature.

The title is a reference to a line uttered by Hamlet to Horatio after he was visited by his father’s ghost.