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Fleming Ian The Spy Who Loved Me

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Immortalized as a film starring Roger Moore, Ian Fleming’s The Spy Who Loved Me has a plot that deviates from the popular movie. Fleming was disapproving of the plot changes, but he ultimately agreed to allow use of the title despite the transformed story. The tenth book in the James Bond series, it strays from the conventional Fleming style in that its main character and narrator is a female, Vivienne Michel.  Michel, working at a remote motel, is harassed by two unsavory characters, villains Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant, when Bond enters in deus ex machina fashion. First editions were published by Jonathan Cape (London) in 1962 and a copy in near fine condition with dust jacket has sold at auction for $500-$650. The first American edition was published by Viking Press in 1962 and good copies sell at auction for $100-$150.

We collected a sample of 17 auction results of Fleming, Ian's The Spy Who Loved Me from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $120 and the highest overall price realized was $660. The overall average price was $343 and the median price realized for the book was $353. There were 2 auctions (22%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 4 auctions (44%) exceeding the high estimates, and 3 auctions (33%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a PBA sale on October 22, 2009 of a 1962 - Jonathan Cape edition for $660 that described as "a fine volume in a near fine jacket";

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA July 31, 2014 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 $200-$300 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 30, 2010 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $353 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 30, 2010 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $208 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA August 5, 2010 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 $200-$300 $204 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 22, 2009 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 $300-$500 $660 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 29, 2009 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $353 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 24, 2009 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $321 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 24, 2009 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $321 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 15, 2009 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 $300-$500 $228 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 20, 2008 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $513 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA April 3, 2008 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 $300-$500 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 3, 2008 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me New York Viking 1962 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 13, 2006 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $220 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 16, 2006 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London Jonathan Cape 1962 - $141 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann September 29, 2005 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London 1962 $300-$400 $518 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 22, 2003 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London 1962 $300-$400 $431 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 24, 2002 Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me London 1962 $250-$350 $345 Swann Copies for Sale