When Daniel Craig as fictional MI6 agent James Bond emerged confidently and impressively from the sea in a tiny pair of tight blue trunks; that scene in the 21st James Bond movie Casino Royale, actually marked the Venus-like birth of the world’s most cunning spy hero. Originally happened by accident, that particular scene eventually became the defining and the most recognizable image of Daniel Craig in his new role as 007, turning him into an admiring sex symbol. Now, those iconic skin-tight blue swimming trunks ‘unwashed’, known as the ‘La Perla Grigioperla Lodato’ from the Spring/Summer 2006 collection, wore by Daniel Craig have fetched an astounding price of $71,200 at Christie’s Bond memorabilia auction marking 50 years of James Bond, where all of the Bond-related lots fetched prices way more than their pre-sale price estimates. On the same note, we have earlier seen that Muhammad Ali worn boxing trunks from ‘Thrilla in Manilla’ got sold for $100,000.
This large-sized iconic unwashed swimming trunk from Casino Royale was among a number of James Bond memorabilia auctioned for charity to mark the 007’s 50th anniversary, from the very first Bond movie, Dr No, back in 1962.
Notably, the proceeds from the sale of this made in Italy trunk went the charity named Women for Women.
However, we have seen that like these unwashed blue trunks, some of the other weird celebrity memorabilia like the Marilyn Monroe’s chest X-Rays, Justin Bieber’s hair and John Lennon’s tooth, to name a few, also fetched huge prices.
Interestingly, some of the distinguished guests like Dame Judi, Sir Roger Moore and comedian David Walliams helped to host the auction, where all of the Bond memorabilia fetched prices more than the auctioneer’s estimates.
Also for sale was the 2008 Aston Martin 6-litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe driven by Craig in Quantum of Solace, which fetched $386,300, against its high-estimate price of $240,200.
And, the scaled down model of an Aston Martin DB5 raised $98,200 for the charity.
Another auction highlight were the complete works of James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. The books in 18 volumes which were estimated at up to $24,050, but sold for $146,240.
According to the seller, the car was used during the filming of the Turkey scenes in the movie SkyFall, where Eve ‘Naomie Harris’ drives this vehicle in a car chase. The bidding of the land Rover starts at $85,000.