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James Bond Highlights New Rare Book Auction at Heritage

I could write dozens of posts each week about the fabulous items that Heritage Auctions lists. And I could go on about their excellent website, e-newsletters, and blog. I have seen beautiful illustration art, and learned about rare historical and patriotic items.

And now they have a truly outstanding magazine -- to which they are giving FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS -- to the printed version! You can read it online of course, but they are giving subscriptions to the hard copy. I signed up immediately when the subscription card fell out of last week's Antique Week paper. If you didin't save that card, or don't get the AW, then just go to Heritage Magazine to sign up.

Here's just a small example of the goodies that Heritage Auctions get - this week they are selling several Ian Fleming-signed first edition James Bond books. Yes -- WOW!

Here's what they say about these rare books:

A first edition signed and inscribed copy of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale, the book that introduced the world to its favorite secret agent, the one and only James Bond, headlines Heritage Auctions' Rare Books auction, Oct. 16-17. The fact that the copy is signed by the renowned writer is reason enough to make it a desirable edition, but how Fleming tantalizingly inscribed the book may well make it the ultimate Bond collectible of them all:

"To M," Fleming wrote, alluding to the enigmatic head of the British Secret Service. "These pages from my memoirs! Ian."

It's speculated by Bond experts that there are two possible sources behind Fleming's inspiration for M, his soft-spoken spymaster. The first likely candidate is Maxwell Knight, a popular 1950s radio and television naturalist who led a secret existence as an MI5 spy runner. The second is thought to be Admiral John Godfrey, under whom Fleming served during World War II. Heritage Auctions has estimated the book at $40,000+.

"We would normally be thrilled to have even one signed Ian Fleming first edition Bond book in any auction," said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage Auctions, "but here we have not only the first Bond book signed and inscribed, but also the second, Live and Let Die (estimate: $25,000+), the fifth, From Russia With Love (estimate: $22,000+), the seventh and ninth, Goldfinger (estimate: $14,000+) and Thunderball ($12,000+), and the eleventh, On Her Majesty's Secret Service ($10,000+)- every one of them first editions and every one of them signed by Fleming."

So do yourself a favor, go over to Heritage Auctions website -- sign up for their newletters - and the magazine - and look at their listings. I know you will be fascinated and educated by their treasures.

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