The name’s Bond

James Bond books by Ian Flem­ing, 1953–1966

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

Ian Flem­ing’s fa­mous spy novels are one of the cor­ner­stones of any good book auc­tion, and they of­ten come up for sale. They range hugely in price, de­pend­ing on rar­ity and con­di­tion, for ex­am­ple a group of four first- edi­tion James Bond novels in rea­son­able but not top con­di­tion – From Rus­sia With Love (1957), Thun­der­ball (1961), On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice (1963) and Oc­to­pussy and The Liv­ing Day­lights (1966) – came up for sale at Dreweatts & Blooms­bury in Novem­ber 2016, and fetched £558. By con­trast, a rare copy of Casino Royale (1953), Flem­ing’s first Bond novel, from the first is­sue of the first edi­tion and with­out the sub­se­quent Times re­view on the dust jacket, sold for £17,500 at Sotheby’s against an es­ti­mate of £7,000 to £9,000. James Bond is hot stu and a proven in­vest­ment at auc­tion.

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