Wednesday, June 20, 2012

First edition of LIVE AND LET DIE sells for $21,258

(Source: - A rare first edition of Ian Fleming's, James Bond, Live and Let Die fetched $21,258 (£13,750) soaring well above its high-estimate ($6,000/£4,000) at a recent Christie's auction.

Live and Let Die, was the second novel in Fleming's James Bond series. It was first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape on April 5th, 1954. Copies in good condition are in-demand by collectors.

This particular book was described by Christie's as; "(a) First edition of the second bond novel, in an attractive example of the first issue dust jacket, with the price '10s.6d. Net' and blurb on the front flap, and without any credit for the jacket design."

Live and Let Die had an initial print run of only 7,500 copies, which quickly sold-out after its April release in 1954. Because of the small supply, and the amount of time that has passed (58 years for this particular book), it's very rare to find a first-run copy in excellent condition with the original dust jacket still intact.

Thanks to James Massey for the tip.


  1. Dear Sir,

    I am selling my entire collection of Ian Fleming first editions as well as a number of related books - 42 books in all - to be auctioned at Bay East Auctions in Woollahra, Sydney on 8 October 2012. The full set of 42 books has a very reasonable reserve. I would be pleased to provide more details to you should you be interested.
    Kind regards,
    Nicholas Chaplin
    +61 401 194 448


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