Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ian Fleming continues to sell well at auction.

The recent healthy prices for the works of Ian Fleming continued at the Sotheby's July 15th English literature auction when a copy of Diamonds Are Forever (1956) went for £1,875 (approximately $2,870).

Other items of interest:
• Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953): £4,000 (approximately $6,123)

Deck plan of first-class accommodations on the RMS Titanic: £13,750 (approximately $21,050)

The celebrated, signed Beeton's Christmas Annual copy of A Study in Scarlet (1887) by Arthur Conan Doyle—estimated between £250,000 and £400,000 (approximately $383,000 to $612,000)—failed to sell.

(Hat tip to PhiloBiblos)


RandallS said...

The Beeton's did not sell but it did attract some interest, with bidding ending at £240,000. The census of Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887 shows the current record for a Beeton's (not signed) is $156,000. The entry for the copy being sold (R20 on the census) includes a link to a page with a detailed description and auction coverage for that copy.

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Thanks very much for the additional information.