Collectible Cat

Fleming Ian You Only Live Twice

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

British writer Ian Fleming (in the build-up of the Blofeld trilogy) finally allows spy James Bond to execute his revenge on villain Ernst Stavo Blofeld in his third novel of the series You Only Live Twice. It begins with Bond in a dark emotional state still reeling from the untimely death of his bride, and later takes him to Japan on a mission of diplomacy where he faces Biofeld, his formidable nemesis. This was the last book to be published during Fleming’s lifetime. Jonathan Cape (London) first published the work in 1964 with cover design by Richard Chopping. Copies with crisp dust jacket and Fleming’s signature  have sold at prices up to $7500 at auction, with unsigned copies of the first printing going for a mere $700 or so.

We collected a sample of 22 auction results of Fleming, Ian's You Only Live Twice from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $31 and the highest overall price realized was $7500. The overall average price was $605 and the median price realized for the book was $222. There were 8 auctions (42%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 3 auctions (16%) exceeding the high estimates, and 8 auctions (42%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Swann sale on May 18, 2016 of a 1964 - Jonathan Cape edition for $7500 that with an inscription from author; a Swann sale on April 08, 2010 of a 1964 - Jonathan Cape edition for $660 that first issue;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann November 14, 2017 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $400-$600 $531 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA January 26, 2017 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $200-$300 $192 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2016 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $400-$600 $500 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $2500-$3500 $7500 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London London 1964 $450-$600 $531 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA July 31, 2014 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $200-$300 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 26, 2013 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 - $217 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann June 20, 2013 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $200-$300 $132 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 12, 2011 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $400-$600 $420 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA August 5, 2010 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $150-$250 $96 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann April 8, 2010 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $300-$400 $660 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 18, 2009 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $200-$300 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 16, 2009 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 15, 2009 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 3, 2008 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 15, 2005 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 - $31 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 29, 2005 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $100-$150 $96 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann September 29, 2005 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London 1964 $250-$350 $316 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 28, 2005 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 - $440 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 30, 2004 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $100-$150 $102 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 15, 2002 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $200-$300 $228 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 25, 2002 Fleming, Ian. You Only Live Twice London Jonathan Cape 1964 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale