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Record price for Agatha Christie's Poirot

Tue 15 Oct 2013


Agatha Christie novel with rare dust jacket showing Poirot for first time in 1924 sells for £40,000... and doesn't he look like Suchet?

  • Poirot Investigates is also first story to feature his name in the title
  • Sale beats previous record sum paid for Agatha Christie book of £10,000
  • Auctioneer knows of only two other such covers in existence

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.

Agatha Christie novel worth £40,000

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

Enlarge   Rare Poirot dust cover worth £40,000

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.


More details about Rare Illustrated Books

Rare Illustrated Books

EINE NACHLESE [THE AFTERMATH]. HERAUSGEGEBEN VON MAX EISLER. Klimt, Gustav. Vienna, Österreichische Staatsdruckeri, 1931. Limited edition of 500 copies. An uncommon and unusually decadent portfolio of prints after original oil paintings by Gustav Klimt. Complete sets of this portfolio are becoming increasingly scarce. Preserved in the original folding case, this set remains in superb original condition.