According to a report from The Washington Post, a UK first edition Jonathan Cape hardback of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale is expected to sell for $20,000 at an auction next week.
The sale will take place at the London-based Bloomsbury Auctions next week. Fleming expert Roddy Newlands said interest in buying first editions of the original James Bond novels has shot up as a result of Daniel Craig’s debut 007 film. ‘Casino Royale is an exceptionally important book because it is the first.’
This particular 1953 copy could reach up to $30,000 if it were not for the previous owner’s name and the bookseller’s stamp inside the front cover. In February 2005, another copy sold for over $40,000 at a Bloomsbury Auctions sale.
Other Fleming Bond novels to feature at the sale include Moonraker, From Russia With Love, The Spy Who Loved Me and The Man With The Golden Gun. Additionally, a copy of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service signed by George Lazenby will also be included.
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