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Fleming Ian Thunderball

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Who would imagine that super spy James Bond would be sent by his superior, M, to a retreat from a life of excess and smoking only to be lured into unraveling a scheme when pitted against villain Count Lippe who attempts to kill him. In Thunderball by Ian Fleming first published in 1961 by Jonathan Cape, there is no rest for the weary Bond as he travels to the Bahamas to follow the trail of the criminal organization, SPECTRE, led by Ernst Stavo Blofeld, who has stolen nuclear warheads. This novel is the first in the Blofeld (or SPECTRE) trilogy. First editions with dust jacket in good condition have sold at auction for $100-$600. A signed first edition dramatically increases prices, commanding as much as $5,000 at auction.

We collected a sample of 12 auction results of Fleming, Ian's Thunderball from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $96 and the highest overall price realized was $5250. The overall average price was $820 and the median price realized for the book was $312. There were 0 auctions (0%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 0 auctions (0%) exceeding the high estimates, and 0 auctions (0%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Bonhams sale on June 25, 2013 of a 1961 - Jonathan Cape edition for $5250 that signed by the author;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Bonhams June 25, 2013 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $5250 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 25, 2013 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $625 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 30, 2010 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $176 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 23, 2010 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $1444 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 12, 2010 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $481 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 23, 2010 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $610 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 14, 2010 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $244 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 29, 2009 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $96 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 13, 2006 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $235 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 16, 2006 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $141 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 28, 2005 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $381 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 20, 2003 Fleming, Ian. Thunderball London Jonathan Cape 1961 - $157 Bonhams Copies for Sale