Fleming’s James Bond novels sell big

NEW YORK – Collectors purchased the top nine lots at Swann Auction Galleries’ April 8 auction of the Penzler Collection of Espionage. [CLICK HERE for the auction wrap-up.]

at0505-Moonraker 627529.jpgThe 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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Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at karen.knapstein@fwmedia.com.