The sale’s top lot was an archive of correspondence between Ian Fleming and dust jacket artist Richard Chopping. The correspondence concerned Fleming’s famous James Bond books and sold for $57,600. A first edition copy of the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, 1953, by Fleming, brought $33,600. A 1955 first edition of Fleming’s Moonraker, inscribed and signed by the author sold for $50,400.
“The Flemings took off as expected, but no one anticipated the runaway success of Moonraker and the archive of Fleming letters,” said Christine von der Linn, Swann’s 19th and 20th century literature specialist. “The fame and renown of Penzler and his collection brought in crowds from both sides of the globe, most of whom were keen collectors.”
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