1. Ian Fleming-signed James Bond novels hit the auction block

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-04-28

    A forthcoming Bloomsbury Auctions sale in London means James Bond collectors can expect more valuable Ian Fleming first editions to hit the auction block.

    Scheduled to take place on Thursday, 13 May, the English & Continental Literature, History and other Antiquarian Books; Modern First Editions auction will feature 37 James Bond lots in total, including Fleming’s Moonraker, Dr. No and Thunderball—many of them signed.

    Bloomsbury Auctions is located at: Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1PP. For further details, phone +44(0) 20 7495 9494 or visit the official Bloomsbury Auctions website.

    Details on selected James Bond lots follow below:

    Ian Fleming's 'Dr. No'

    Ian Fleming’s Dr. No

    Lot 220 – Diamonds are Forever

    Diamonds are Forever, first edition, original boards, dust-jacket, rubbed at edges, some restoration to spine ends and corners, 8vo, 1953.

    Estimate: £500 – £700

    Lot 221 – Live and Let Die

    Fleming (Ian) Live and Let Die, first edition, new endpapers, original boards, 8vo, 1954.

    Estimate: £400 – £600

    Lot 222 – Moonraker

    Fleming (Ian) Moonraker, first edition, signed and inscribed by jacket artist Kenneth Lewis on front free endpaper, original boards, dust-jacket, spine slightly dulled and with some skilful restoration, subtle repairs to edges, overall a very good copy, 8vo, 1955.

    Estimate: £1200 – £1800

    Lot 227 – From Russia with Love

    Fleming (Ian) From Russia, With Love, first edition, signed on title by Martine Beswick and Mollie Peters, original boards, near fine, dust-jacket, some near-invisible restoration to spine edges and corner tips, in appearance an unusually good example, 8vo, 1957.

    Estimate: £450 – £650

    Lot 230 – Goldfinger

    Fleming (Ian) Goldfinger, first edition, original boards, dust-jacket, slight rubbing to corner tips, but overall an excellent copy, with no browning, 8vo, 1959.

    Estimate: £700 – £900

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