# How to sell a real Spellbook and what price for it? [closed]

Brad discovers a book in his basement. The old book is written in ancient English and dates from 1800. Brad learned a fire spell and burnt his house to the ground; only he and the book survived.
Now, Brad is a homeless guy and his only tenable option is to sell the spellbook.

• How much should he ask for the book?
• How can Brad sell it safely without get killed?

Note: This book can teach how to use the 5 elements! Fire, Water, Wind, Gravity (to pull and push things), and Lighting will bend to your wishes! It also features a dark reality-bending spell which requires the souls of 10 humans, and which can transmute those souls into anything or anyone.

• Sell it on ebay, like everything else. Minimum price: Three balrog spleens Mar 13 '17 at 3:20
• I hope you aren't bothered by my tweaks to that last bit. Another user here made the Note paragraph a block quote, so I decided to rewrite it as if it were a quote. Do with my edit as you wish, of course! Mar 13 '17 at 3:33
• @user535733 Sure, but the shipping & handling fee is your first born. They always get you with the shipping. Mar 13 '17 at 4:40
• Brad's homeless and has a unique, priceless artifact of world-shaking power? Showing other people that he actually has such an item would be a horrible idea. More power-hungry types wouldn't only steal it, but also kill him, since he'd know too much. Unfortunately, it'd be so easy for them to do this, too; even if he was killed in public, the police would be unlikely to spend much time or effort trying to find the killer. And even if other people told the media that he was killed over a magic spell book, no one would believe them.
– Nat
Mar 13 '17 at 4:45
• Maybe ask on Worldbuilding Meta or Worldbuilding Chat for help in rephrasing “how much should he ask for it”, or edit to be a bit more general especially given the content of the existing answers. Then again, it's still story based and not WB. It asks about Joe (well, Brad in this case), not crafting a world that Joe et al. will inhabit. Mar 13 '17 at 5:33