Ian Fleming love letters to be auctioned in New York next week

A number of love letters written by Ian Fleming to his Austrian lover in the early 1930s will be auctioned next week in New York.

The letters were written in German to Edith Morpurgo, the daughter of a Salzberg businessman. Fleming went to Kitzbuhel both on holiday as well as attending a finishing school and so knew the area well. The passionate letters, believed to date from 1934 and 1935, also show Fleming’s sadistic side. Morpurgo later married and had a daughter, but all three perished in Auschwitz in 1942.

The letters are valued at £47,500 and are being sold by by booksellers Peter Harrington at the New York antiquarian book fair.

Sources: The Guardian and Daily Mail

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