“Wealth of Nations” Worth $1 Million? Why a Copy Is Expected to Fetch so Much at Auction

Dec 05, 2018 - Fortune

If you’re still searching for the perfect Christmas gift for the capitalist in your life, then Christie’s in London might have the solution.

Adam Smith’s personal copy of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is going up for auction on Dec. 12. -- and is expected to fetch more than $1 million.

The Scottish Enlightenment philosopher’s magnum opus, first published in 1776, became the cornerstone of modern-day free trade and heralded the emergence of eco...