James Massey at WhatSellsBest.com is reporting that a first edition of Live and Let Die, the second James Bond book written by Ian Fleming, has vastly exceeded estimates and sold for $21,258. The book, first published in 1954, was expected to fetch only $6,000, but according to Massey early Bond books are in high demand and small supply–the edition of Live and Let Die only has 7,500 copies.
Past sales of the same book include:
2002: Winston Churchill’s personal copy, with a personal message from Fleming to Churchill, sold for $71,700
2009: A copy sold for $11,803
2012: Earlier this year, another auction sold a first edition for $8,500