Second hand crime fiction can be purchased very reasonably. In the strange case of Agatha Christie’s Poirot Investigates however, quite the reverse is true. A pristine copy of the novel complete with original dust jacket, which cost a very reasonable 7/6 or 37 pence when it was first published in 1924 has just been sold for £40,630 ($63,000) at Dominic Winter saleroom near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.
The prized dust jacket shows a picture of Belgian detective Poirot that closely resembles the likeness of actor David Suchet, who played the character on a number of occasions. Pre-sale estimates of £3,000 to £5,000 for the book were quickly passed and the final price has been described as a world record for a novel by Agatha Christie. The cover image of Poirot was originally published by Sketch magazine, which published many Christie Stories.
‘It is also worth checking the date in your books as all Agatha Christie novels that were published prior to 1926 (when she moved to mass market publisher Collins are valuable.
Agatha Christie, who also wrote under the name Mary Westmacott, died in 1976 having written more than 70 detective novels, most famously featuring her creations Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple.
A silver cigarette case presented to Saxophonist Bob Leeming after he ‘discovered’ the missing author in 1926 recently sold at Sotheby’s for £10,000. Ms Christie reportedly had a nervous breakdown in the wake of her mothers death and the subsequent announcement by her husband that he wanted a divorce. The distraught Christie sought refuge in The Swan hydropathic Hotel Yorkshire after disappearing from her home in Devon for eleven days.