A first edition copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" sat in a box at Baldwin's Book Barn for nearly two months before it was discovered.
Store operator Thomas Baldwin said, "If you're a serious collector, you have to have this book." He wouldn't identify the man who left the book at his shop, but said he will receive a "very good" percentage of the book's proceeds. He expects the book to fetch more than $50,000.
Baldwin identified the book as a first edition because protagonist Jay Gatsby's first name on the dust jacket was accidentally printed with a lowercase "J," an error corrected in later editions.
Baldwin had advertised the book on eBay, and says that even before finding the typo he had received a bid of $23,000. He withdrew the book from the Internet auction service and plans to repost it with a more accurate description that he hopes will double the previous bid.