THE PRICE of a Dr Seuss book has skyrocketed from $17 to$1,500 after his kids stories were cancelled for racism.
Six of his books will stop being published after Joe Biden canceled the author over claims of "racist and hurtful" imagery.
The business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy confirmed on Tuesday that production of the books will be seized.
"And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," "If I Ran the Zoo," "McElligot’s Pool," "On Beyond Zebra!," "Scrambled Eggs Super!" and "The Cat’s Quizzer" are being pulled from production.
The sudden ban is now pushing collectors to fork out hundreds of dollars to get their hands on the classic children's stories.
One 1950 first edition of “If I Ran A Zoo” is now being sold for a whopping $1,500 on Amazon.
A new print version of the book is currently on sale for $16.99 on Barnes and Noble.
The book has come under scrutiny for its offensive caricatures of Asian and African people.
"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.
"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families," it said.
The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process.
"We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.
Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 —- have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.
He remains popular, earning an estimated $33million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5million five years ago, the company said.
Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.
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