A revolver previously owned by the author of the James Bond books, Ian Fleming, has sold for $23,000 at a London auction. The revolver was a Colt Python .357 Magnum.
The valuable piece was given as a gift to Fleming by the Colt Company in 1964, possibly as thanks for using a Colt revolver in "The Man With the Golden Gun." James Bond himself, however, carried a Walther PPK pistol, often found concealed under his dinner jacket.
The gun, which was purchased anonymously over the phone during the auction, is in excellent condition and is engraved with "Presented to Ian Fleming by Colt's Petent Fire Arms Mfg. Co."
A journalist and a banker, Fleming eventually joined the Navy during World War II and became an intelligence commander, working closely with a spymaster. Fleming moved to Jaimaca after the war and began working on the Bond novels there, at his home known as "Goldeneye."