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Tue 15 Oct 2013
Agatha Christie's debonaire detective leans on his cane with his top hat tucked under his arm, looking like a man who knows his own worth.
Now auction bidders have been driven to distraction by the image of the legendary Belgian detective on the front of a rare edition, paying a world record price for the novel that originally cost 37p.
The copy of Poirot Investigates sold for over £40,000 - smashing the world record price for a book by the author.
Bidding frenzy: the dust jacket showing a picture of the Belgian detective sold for over £40,000 - smashing the world record price for a book by the author
Pulling power: The 1924 dust jacket of Poirot Investigates that drove auction bidders to distraction
The 1924 edition was worth so much because it came with its dust jacket showing a picture of the Belgian detective.
Collectors and dealers were frantically bidding for the collection of short stories that had a pre-sale estimate of £3,000 to £5,000.
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