Friday, December 17, 2010

Casino Royale first edition sells for £19,000

BBC News reports that a first edition of Ian Fleming's first James Bond book, Casino Royale, has sold for £19,000 ($29,389) at an auction in South Cerney, Gloucestershire.

The 1953 book, which sold for £4,000 more than expected, was the top lot at a sale. A copy of Live and Let Die went for £6,600, and a copy of Moonraker sold for £7,200.

Auctioneer Dominic Winter said "the strikingly colourful" Bond first editions had "always been one of the surest certainties over the last 30 years."

It is thought the highest price for a Bond first edition was £22,750 for a signed copy of From Russia With Love at Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2004.

A signed first edition of Casino Royale sold for £20,000 at Bloomsbury in 2007.

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