A volume of Das Kapital becomes a $40,000 commodity fetish: what would Karl Marx have said? | Books | theguardian.com

The sale by Abebooks turns the monumental critique of capitalism into rich profit for one giant private owner

 

Karl Marx sculpture

Seeing red … a sculpture of Karl Marx, during a rehearsal of Comeback! The Karl Marx Musical in Plauen, eastern Germany. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP

One has to wonder what Karl Marx would make of news from Abebooks that it has scored a coup with the sale of a volume of Das Kapital for $40,000, its second-highest cyber-trade of the year so far.

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