1. Ian Fleming's James Bond first editions hit the auction block

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-08-08
    Ian Fleming's 'Goldfinger'

    Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger

    London’s Bloomsbury Auctions will be holding their Bibliophile Sale later this month and a selection of James Bond first editions by Ian Fleming are among the lots included.

    007 novels, including some signed by several Bond girls, make up four of the 700+ lots in this sale, which are set to hit the auction block on Thursday, 20 August at 10:30am (lots 1-338) and 2:00pm (lots 338-701) precisely.

    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 website.

    Details on the James Bond lots follow below:

    Lot 560 – Goldfinger

    Goldfinger, first edition , signed by both Shirley Eaton & Tania Mallet on front free endpaper, bookseller’s small sticker on front pastedown, original boards, dust-jacket, neat, near-invisible reinforcement to inside spine, in effect an excellent example , 1959.

    Signed by the actresses who played Jill & Tilly Masterson respectively in the 1964 film, identifying their characters.

    Estimate: £500 – £700

    Lot 561 – Thunderball

    Thunderball, first edition , original boards, dust-jacket, slightly soiled and creased at extremities, 8vo, 1961.

    Estimate: £100 – £150

    Lot 562 – The Spy Who Loved Me / On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    The Spy who loved Me, 1962; On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1963, first editions , original boards, dust-jackets, torn and soiled, a little loss ; and another, Wain, 8vo (3)

    Estimate: £80 – £120

    Lot 563 – Octopussy and The Living Daylights

    Octopussy and the Living Daylights, first edition , signed & inscribed by both Maud Adams & Maryam d’Abo on title, original boards, dust-jacket, small sticker mark on inside front flap revealing publisher’s printed price 10s6d, othewise a near fine copy, 8vo, 1966.

    The female leads from the movies of Octopussy and The Living Daylights respectively.

    Estimate: £100 – £150

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