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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
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I have 2 Ian fleming books both first editions and I was

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Hi, I have 2 Ian fleming books both first editions and I was wondering if they were worth much please. One is thunderball and the other is from Russia with love
Assistant: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes it's turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: Both books are hardback with dust jackets and in good condition
Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: Publishers: Jonathan cape

Welcome! Doris here. I will be pleased to work with you. My responses are not immediate. I thank
you for your patience. I am reviewing the question.

Please give me the name of the publisher.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Publisher is Jonathan cape

Thank you. Give me a moment.

Fleming, Ian

Published by Jonathan Cape, London (1961)
First Edition
Estimated retail value - $4480.

From Russia With Love
Ian Fleming

Published by Jonathan Cape, UK (1957)
First Edition
Estimated retail value - $7680.

See the following image. It shows a copy of your book, as described, for sale for $ by a reputable dealer in an upscale venue.

How to sell books:

Condition of books:

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices (30%-50% of retail). Sales in the eBay "Buy It Now" format are closer to retail.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has the largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Be sure to specify a local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only. - small fees-20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

Or your nearest,,, or Facebook Marketplace where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 20%-50% more than retail values.

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In GBP, the values are:

3530 GBP Thunderball

6059 GBP for From Russia With Love

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