Deseret Book adds online auction site

Published: Saturday, March 18 2000 12:00 a.m. MST

Auction fever has hit the Internet. Now you can add Deseret Book Co. to the sites offering online auctions.

But Auctions.DeseretBook.com boasts the only online auction targeted to, but not exclusively for, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Books are the primary offering and LDS books and documents are at least half of the site, while the other section offers general books, according to Jeff Clark, director of International Direct Sales for the company.

The LDS section will offer people the opportunity to sell or buy rare and out-of-print books, crafts and other items. It was launched with help from rare books dealer Benchmark Books and the crafts retailer Mormon Handicraft.

Auction.DeseretBook.com launched quietly two months ago and now has about 150 items for sale. It has already hosted more than 1,000 auctions and facilitated about $25,000 in sales, including a leather limited edition of "Personal Writing of Joseph Smith" that went for $1,200 and a nine-volume library of Wilford Woodruff's journal writings that sold for $2,500.

Among current listings is an 1837 edition of The Book of Mormon, with a starting bid of $20,000. Until May 1, there are no fees associated with listing items on the auction. After that date, Deseret Book expects to charge a "minimal percentage of the sale price" as a fee for listing items.

For information, visit Auctions.DeseretBook.com.

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