A 1953 rare first edition of Casino Royale has sold for £19,000 at an auction in Gloucester this week.
The copy of Ian Fleming’s first James bond book sold for £4,000 more than expected. The second Bond novel, Live and Let Die sold for £6,600, while Moonraker, third in the series, sold for £7,200 by Dominic Winter Auctioneers.
An original poster from the 1963 film version of From Russia With Love sold for £2,800 at the auction in South Cerney on Thursday.
A signed copy of From Russia With Love is thought to have produced the highest ever price for a Bond first edition, sold at Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2004 for an astounding £22,750.
Auctioneer Dominic Winter said “the strikingly colourful” Bond first editions had “always been one of the surest certainties over the last 30 years.”
He added “The 007 film industry has helped that impetus by drawing in thousands of new fans keen to buy into the James Bond fantasy.
“Prices and demand have gone up, with premium prices being paid for mint condition rarities.”
The auction also saw US comic Detective, featuring Batman’s first appearance, selling for £24,000, an original 1939 edition of the Superman comic selling for £9,000 along with a 1961 first edition of John le Carre’s first book, call for the Dead, which sold for £3,800.
A copy of Action Comics featuring the Man of Steel’s first appearance marked the record sale at a US auction in March, selling for $1.5m (£960,000).