Washington, November 25 : A first British edition of 'You Only Live Twice' written by Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond character, is set to go under the hammer.
The author while working on his first novel 'Casino Royale' had been on the look out for inspiration - a name for the character that would carve itself an undisputable niche.
It was his chance glance of 'Birds of the West Indies' by American ornithologist James Bond that led him to title his character that was to become the world' most famous spy.
'You Only Live Twice', which is to be auctioned in Los Angeles on December 11, bears Fleming's scribble, "To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity, reports Contactmusic.
The novel will be amongst other Fleming/James Bond items put up for sale including a second draft original handwritten manuscript for its film adaptation, signed By Roald Dahl, and Fleming's personal annotated first British edition copy of 'From Russia, With Love'.