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This fine copy had come from a private London source, and it was working for the Swindon saleroom even before the March 7 auction took place.

A piece on books in the money pages of The Times mentioned the fact that it was valued at around £5000 in a forthcoming auction and that prompted one reader to contact his sister about a signed Bond book that he thought she still owned.

One week after the record breaking Casino Royale sale, the auctioneers took delivery of a copy of Goldfinger inscribed “To Lionel [Viscount Kemsley], something more to read...”

Buyer’s premium: 12.5 per cent.