Nine first edition copies of James Bond novels with covers designed by Norfolk-educated artist, Richard Chopping, sold for £4,660 at an auction today - despite costing only £6.71p new.

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A first edition copy of From Russia With Love - which orignally cost 13 shillings and sixpence (around 68p) in 1957 - sold for £1,600. It had been expected to sell for between £750 and £1,000.

A first edition copy of Goldfinger – which orignally cost 15 shillings (around 75p) in 1959 - sold for £1,400. It also sold above its expected estimation of between £800 and £1,200.

The nine James Bond books with the Chopping covers were part of a £1m collection of modern first editions put up for

sale by former national newspaper columnist and theatre critic, Clive Hirschhorn.

They sold at Bloomsbury Auctions in London today.

Richard Chopping was educated at Gresham’s School, Holt, in the late 1920s, at the same time Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten arrived at the school.




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