Christie’s Bond Memorabilia Auction marks 50 Years of James Bond
Ian Fleming, the suspense-fiction British novelist left his legacy to the die-hard movie fanatics and geeks through his fictional character James Bond founded back in 1952, which was later celebrated in the James Bond film series. The stylish, high-living British secret service agent 007, became one of the most successful heroes of 20th-century. Bond movies gave a new meaning to the spy genre forever and with that ushered the era of James Bond collectibles. Christie’s is now offering a chance to own the “Holy grail” of Bond memorabilia with an online-auction to mark the 50 Years of James Bond – The Auction. The charity auction will feature rare pieces of Bond memorabilia. The rare Bond movie items being offered not just include memorabilia and collectibles from EON Productions but also donations from the Bond cast, including Timothy Dalton, Aston Martin and The Fleming Family. From signed James Bond memorabilia to movie props; from the sports cars driven by Bond on-screen in his spy adventures to his wristwatches- the auction offers a lifetime opportunity to the James Bond fans. Forty lots will be offered from the 23 Bond films with the memorabilia and collectibles of the several stars who has been portrayed as James Bond like Sean Connery, George Lazerby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and lately by Daniel Craig. The online-only auction will run from 28th September to 8th October 2012, with 10 additional lots offered at invitation-only auction at Christie’s South Kensington on 5th October.
1) Quantum of Solace Aston martin DBS
The auction is led by a 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe driven by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum of Solace. The British car has been known as the “007 car” and is one of the James Bond’s favorite car ever since it first appeared in Goldfinger in 1964, with the iconic DB5. This particular DBS was used in a high-speed car chase in Italy in the opening sequence of the film, and is expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000, with all proceeds from the sale of this lot to benefit Barnardo’s.
Sean Connery as James Bond
2) Dr. No – 1962
The first edition Dr. No book by Ian Fleming from the very first film in the James Bond film series, with Sean Connery as Bond released back in 1962 is also up for bidding. The hardback book with original dust-jacket designed by Pat Marriott, London is estimated to sell for $1,600–2,300.
3) From Russia With Love – 1963
The first edition book “From Russia With Love” released in 1963, includes two reproductions of original call sheets for from the movie along with an original linen-backed U.S. half-sheet film poster, and is estimated to fetch $1,600–2,300.
4) GOLDFINGER – 1965
A prop collection featured in Goldfinger, including a blue and white ceramic ashtray with Hotel Fontainebleau logo along with the lettering Fontainebleau, Miami Beach; a Hotel Fontainebleau gin rummy score card pad used by Sean Connery-aka James Bond when playing, and cheating, at cards by the hotel pool; a Hotel Fontainebleau Please Do Not Disturb sign; and stationery is estimated to sell for $2,300–3,800.
5) Thunderball – 1965
A complete set of four original U.S. cinema door panel filmposters, featuring Bond Girls Dominique ‘Domino’ Derval – Claudine Auger, Paula Caplan – Martine Beswicke, Patricia Fearing by Molly Petersall feature in the sale. The poster set from the 1965 movie is unfolded and linen-backed and is estimated to sell for $9,100–12,000.
6) You Only Live Twice
A prop fibreglass shotgun seen in You Only Live Twice along with a set of four prop suction pads used by Sean Connery as James Bond are estimated to sell between $2,300–3,800.
George Lazenby as James Bond
7) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
The first edition book On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with George Lazenby as James Bond, signed by Ian Fleming, is estimated to fetch between $6,100–9,000.
Roger Moore as James Bond
8) Live And Let Die
A selection of ten prop tarot cards designed by Fergus Hall, used by Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live and Let Die are estimated to fetch in the range of $1,200–1,800. The tarot cards played a central role in the film’s plot.
9) The Man With The Golden Gun
An original prop Solex Agitator used by Bond villain played by Christopher Lee as Francisco Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun is also in the Lots. The revolutionary solar energy device played the central role in the plot as it was Bond’s mission to recover the device that can harness the power of the sun, and is estimated to sell for $3,100–4,500.
10) Moonraker – 1979
Another highly detailed prop of the space shuttle Moonraker 1, which is a digital reproduction of an original concept art work by Sir Ken Adam titled Moonraker, Ext. Space Station, from the 1979 Bond flick is to sell for $12,000–18,000.
11) A View To A Kill
A Snooper Dog robot model used to search James Bond in the movie “A View To A Kill” and an original U.S one-sheet film poster signed by Duran Duran are estimated to sell for $4,600–7,500.
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond
12) Goldeneye -1995
A prop scale model of a MiG-29 Fighter constructed of metal and plastic with plywood wings, red soviet star and number 05 under the wing made for GoldenEye back in 1995 is expected to sell for $4,600–7,500.
13) The World Is Not Enough – 1999
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond was known for his expensive taste; from dressing up in handmade Brioni suits to relishing caviar, this charismatic Bond was imitated the most by the fans. A two-piece charcoal wool suit by Brioni worn by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the 1999 flick “The World Is Not Enough”comes with single-breasted jacket with Brioni signature silk lining and label, the trousers with a blue cotton shirt and a navy silk tie and a pair of black leather monk-strap shoes by Church’s. The Bond’s wardrobe is estimated to sell for $3,100–4,500.
14) BMW Z8 Roadster – The World Is Not Enough
One of the most fascinating rides of James Bond, a pre-production replica BMW Z8 Roadster made for The World Is Not Enough is also up for auction. Interestingly, the Silver BMW Z8 with black interiors was first produced in 1999, and at the time of filming, BMW only had a prototype shell and a running test car ready, so Propshop at Pinewood Studios made a replica car for the film from BMW’s prototype shell in only eight weeks. The BMW prototype was made in two pieces to eliminate gaps in the hood and trunk. Two kit cars and one shell were made for the film. The shell was destroyed during filming, while the other surviving car remains in the possession of EON Productions and is now up for sale for a price ranging from $38,000–53,000
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond was seen in the movie remotely controlling the car with the keys to drive towards him so he can get in. The Bond car even had side missiles to help him in his mission.
For those planning to take this BMW on-road in Bond style, beware. This collector’s vehicle is not roadworthy. Interested buyers are advised to contact Christie’s staff to obtain the Condition Report for this lot.
Daniel Craig as James Bond
15) Quantum Of Solace
Daniel Criag, was initially criticized by many as an unconventional choice to play James Bond but, Craig turned out to be the Bond for this century. Besides the Aston Martin DBS, a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses worn by Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace are to sell for $3,100–4,500.
A cocktail dress by Prada, worn by Olga Kurylenko in the movie is also up for sale for $3,800–5,300.
16) Omega Watch – Quantum Of Solace
Besides the 007 spy missions, Bond was known for his choice of watches, mainly a Rolex Submariner or Omega Seamaster. Recently, a limited edition Omega Seamaster Skyfall has been released to commemorate the release of Quantum of Solace with Omega as the official watch of James Bond.
The auction also features a Omega watch worn by Daniel Craig in Quantum Of Solace featuring a circular black dial with Arabic quarters, luminous tapered baton hour markers, luminous hands with a stainless steel link bracelet estimated to sell for $9,100–12,000.
17) “Planet Ocean” Omega wristwatch – SKYFALL
An Automatic Seamaster Professional “Planet Ocean” Omega wristwatch made in titanium for action scenes in the Skyfall, worn by Daniel Craig too is up for sale and is expected to fetch $9,100–12,000.
UPDATE: The Automatic Seamaster Professional “Planet Ocean” wristwatch, by Omega, worn by Daniel Craig, has sold for $254,273 – way above its estimated price tag of $9,100–12,000.
18) Tom Ford Cufflinks – Skyfall
Also, a pair of black enamel cufflinks by Tom Ford worn by Daniel Craig in the upcoming movie “Skyfall” bearing the motto ‘Orbit Non Sufficit,’ each signed by Tom Ford are estimated to sell for $1,600–2,300. Interestingly, only 30 pairs of these Tom Ford cufflinks were made for the film. A two-piece dinner suit in navy wool again by Tom Ford, and worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall, is also estimated to sell for $4,600–7,500.
For the female Bond movies fans, a pair of colored diamond pendant earrings and ring by Stephen Webster, worn by Bérénice Marlohe as Severine in Skyfall are estimated to sell for $3,100–4,500.
UPDATE: The earrings fetched $30,319.
19) 1/3 Scale Replica of Aston Martin DB5 – Skyfall
A post-production 1/3 scale replica miniature model manufactured by Propshop at Pinewood Studios of the Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall is also up for auction. The model car features several chrome-plated parts, including the wing mirrors and bumpers, for a authentic finish. This model is one of three models commissioned by EON. The other two models will be retained by EON Productions for exhibition purposes, and one will be up for sale for $46,000–60,000.
UPDATE: The post-production 1/3 scale replica miniature model of the Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall has been sold for $99,041.
20) Wine Cabinet
Also, a limited edition cabinet with twelve vintages of Bollinger R.D. Champagne gifted to the James Bond producers in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this famous champagne is estimated to sell for $16,000–23,000.