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Michelle Obama book tour fetching steep ticket prices

Just handfuls of tickets for former first lady Michelle Obama’s book tour — where packages can sell for as much as $3,000 — are left at some of the stadiums where she’ll be appearing.

The cheapest single ticket available to Obama’s “Becoming” talk at a Nov. 25 stop in Washington was $850 on Friday, shortly after sales were open to the general public.

{mosads}Only about 150 so-called VIP packages remained for the Nov. 17 tour date at the same venue, D.C.’s Capitol One Arena, which seats more than 20,000.

The exclusive packages — ranging from $2,500 to $3,000 and which include a meet-and-greet with the former first lady — also seemed to be in short supply.

All of the events’ standard tickets — which start at $30 — were scooped up, according to the ticketing site.

At a Boston stop, the least-expensive seats were running more than $400 on Friday, while in Detroit just a single $180 standard ticket was left, with the next cheapest pass running $775.

“The demand for the Obama tour has been extraordinary and bringing her to arenas maximizes the number of people able to attend,” tour organizer Live Nation said in a Friday afternoon statement. “In order to reach a wide group of people, it was a priority for Mrs. Obama to set aside 10% of ticket inventory at every venue for local charities, schools, and community groups free of charge.”

On Thursday, a day before tickets went on sale, Live Nation and Obama’s publisher announced two additional tour dates were being added to the schedule to accommodate “overwhelming fan demand.”

Organizers vowed to hold 10 percent of tickets for the book tour to give away free to schools, charitable organizations, and community groups.

The tour is poised to kick off in Obama’s hometown of Chicago before ending in New York City on Dec. 19. 

“Becoming” is set for a Nov. 13 release date.

—Updated at 4:41 p.m.

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