Signed Diamonds are Forever first edition may see $15,000+

A signed copy of Diamonds are Forever, the fourth James Bond book from Ian Fleming, is expected to achieve strong results at Heritage Auctions' October 4-5 Rare Books Signature Auction.

Diamonds are Forever signed first edition James Bond Ian Fleming
Diamonds are Forever is one of the rarest James Bond books

A signed and inscribed copy of Diamonds are Forever is one of the scarcer James Bond titles at auction. The example in the present sale is a rare first edition, first printing copy, which is inscribed by Fleming: "To Lionel from Ian with affection" on the front endpaper.

First printed in 1956, the book is bound in the original publisher's black cloth with silver titles and still has the original pictorial dust jacket, complete with the price "12s. 6d. net." printed inside. It is in good condition given its age, though it does show minor foxing and wear throughout.

Also displaying some restoration work to the jacket, the first edition will sell with a $15,000+ estimate.

James Bond collectors will be able to bid on some of the finest memorabilia to come to market in years in Christie's 50th anniversary auction on October 5.

Also starring among the fiction works at Heritage is a fine copy of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot. A first edition copy, the book is inscribed by the author to Gnome Press publisher Martin Greenberg. It reads: "For: Martin Greenberg, who actually got this book out, by God, Love! Isaac Asimov, 12/2/50". 

Asimov's relationship with Greenberg would eventually turn sour, with the author having several disputes over payment and even labelling Greenberg a "crook". A fantastic copy with a fascinating inscription, it will sell for $2,000+.

PFC Auctions is currently offering an extremely rare first edition copy of J D Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, which is inscribed by the author to his future mother in law.


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