Bond book is a record breaker
A first edition copy of the James Bond book Casino Royale has sold at auction for a whopping £55,000 – a world record. Ian Fleming’s first novel sold for the highest price paid at auction for a 007 title.
A RARE first edition of Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel, Casino Royale, has sold for £55,000 at an auction in Edinburgh, setting a new world record.
The book, published by Jonathan Cape in 1953, was written by Fleming at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica.
The initial run of 4728 copies sold out in less than a month, and when further editions also flew off the shelves, publisher Cape offered Fleming a threebook deal.
The first edition with first impression cover was a remarkable survivor as Fleming, writing inside to its owner Alastair Mckinley, inscribed the copy “Alastair, from the author – read & burn”.
Fleming used his wartime experiences in the Naval Intelligence Division (NID), to inspire the novel’s plot.
0 Lyon & Turnbull’s Cathy Marsden with a first edition of Casino Royale and (inset) the film it inspired