The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Wealth - By Toby Walne

EV­ERY week TOBY WALNE gives the low-down on the value of for­got­ten trea­sures that may be gath­er­ing dust in your at­tic.

HER­CULE Poirot re­turns to our TV screens this month with ac­tor John Malkovich play­ing the Bel­gian de­tec­tive for the first time.

In­ter­est in the crime nov­els of cre­ator and au­thor Agatha Christie con­tin­ues to be strong with early first edi­tions now worth thou­sands of pounds. A copy of the 1924 edi­tion of Poirot In­ves­ti­gates with rare dust jacket, pub­lished by The Bod­ley Head, may now com­mand £40,000 – the price a copy sold for in 2012. With­out a cover it could still fetch £2,000. The value is so high be­cause the jacket shows the first pic­ture of the mous­tached de­tec­tive.

Poirot ini­tially ap­peared in Christie’s nov­els four years ear­lier in The Mys­te­ri­ous Af­fair At Styles. It was first pub­lished in Amer­ica and this 1920 edi­tion by John Lane now sells for £20,000.

A first edi­tion of 1934 best­seller Mur­der On The Ori­ent Ex­press by Collins with dust jacket in­tact can be worth £5,000 while a 1937 first edi­tion of best­seller Death On The Nile – also by Collins – with a dust jacket may sell for £7,500.

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